Ranch Raised – Episode 176

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Karina Jones is a real-life ranch wife in the Nebraska Sandhills and one of the most highly sought-after speakers in the cattle industry nationwide!

The word of the week shall be “hydration”! Thanks for tuning in to Ranch Raised!
It seems like most of the midwest from from a cool spring to squelching summer, in a hurry!

In ranching, it is built in to our DNA to be always of the mindset that we are taking care of livestock, but we have to remember to take care of ourselves. Please remember to make yourself a top priority during these high heat index days and keep yourself hydrated.

My most used summer phrase of 2022 can probably already be voted on by my family as, “Does everyone have their water bottle?” as we head out the door to the hayfield, to check cattle, or a trip to town. I consider it a pretty great investment to have each of my kids have their own insulated water bottles that they can fill with ice and top off with water. They use them so much. It saves an immense amount of money and unneeded trash by ditching disposable bottled water.

Besides drinking lots of water and being prepared with a water bottle or water jug when we leave the house, our girls sense around a kitchen has led them to other ways to cool down, stay hydrated, and nourished. They love making smoothies on these hot afternoons. They keep it simple with frozen fruit, usually berries thrown in the blender and then covered with milk, blended until smooth. Hey, we don’t exactly have a Dairy Queen out in these parts, so homemade smoothies are quick and easy.

So, take care of yourself, stay hydrated, and have a great day! We will see your right back here tomorrow!

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Karina ranches with her husband, Marty, and 3 daughters near Broken Bow, NE. She grew up in western NE, with roots also in southwest SD. The cattle industry and raising kids is her passion.

Watching the cattle industry go the path that it has gone, she could no longer sit quietly at home checking cows, fixing fence, and doing all the everyday tasks wondering when some else was going to make it all better. As she became more active and outspoken on industry issues, she was asked to join the R-CALF USA staff in September 2020 as the Checkoff Petition Campaign manager. That position transcended into her current role as full time Field Director for R-CALF USA.

You can hear her almost every Friday on Your Ag Network’s Hot Barn Report that is broadcast on 60 radio stations with coverage in 9 states, where she deep dives into cattle industry issues and highlights R-CALF’s work on industry reforms. Listen to Ranch Raised on a Your Ag Network hometown station or www.youragnetwork.com where she talks about her daily life on the ranch.

Cattle producers are her people. She will meet you at the county fair, at the sale barn, or anywhere the dusty trail leads.
karina@youragnetwork.com or visit facebook.com/ranchraisedwithkarinajones

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