Ranch Raised – Episode 21

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Farming For Profit, Not Price

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!


Welcome back to a bright, shiny, new week on Ranch Raised!

Speaking of new… We have had an extreme corral makeover project going on the last few weeks, replacing the rickety wood posts and rotting fence from our working facilities that are under the most pressure when processing calves. It was beyond time.

My husband scored himself a new welder/generator, so I guess he needed to prove to me all that he was capable of. He really out did himself building a facility that will last generations, I mean someone’s generations. I hope it can be our kids, not sure, the way this cattle market is going. That is for another day.

It’s weaning time here on the Jones Ranch. It may seem a month late to most, but don’t worry, we have wised up in our age and calve the majority of our herd in April and May. We are have gotten the first few bunches of calves weaned and will be adding more all week.

It is that time of year where my kids don’t even ask what is for breakfast on the weekends. They know that calves have to eat first, so they put on some modest layers knowing they are about to work up a sweat pitching hay into bunks. And lo and behold by the time they get back to the house mid-morning, these girls have worked up quiet an appetite.

Tune in tomorrow, we are getting another couple loads of calves home, so I worked up a little ditty to explain what the days and nights around the Jones Ranch look like, err sound like this time of year.

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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