Ranch Raised – Episode 23

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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!


Welcome back to Ranch Raised!
I know I alluded to our extreme corral makeover project earlier this week. If you are needing a little help in that department, check out all of the options that Sioux Steel has to offer to make your cattle handling facility safe and efficient! I hope you enjoyed my little ditty yesterday about weaning time. If you missed it click here Ranch Raised – Episode 22.

More trucks rolled in yesterday. The pairs that we had sent north for the summer returned to our home place. Maybe it’s just me but I swear as those trucks round the corner a mile from my yard, I can hear the ole girls belting out a little Ozzy, “Momma, Momma I’m coming home!” Okay, maybe it is just me. But, truly, nothing makes me happier than getting all my chicks back in the nest, or cows back home.

In a perfect twist of fate, our girls, I mean our real kids, actually didn’t have school yesterday. I’m not even sure what the occasion was for that, but we don’t ask many questions and just welcomed the help. As the days seem to end earlier, more hands are needed to get all the chores and tasks complete during the daylight hours. It seems like it is a rush every day after lunch to get everything done that you would like to before the sun sets. I know, I know. We should be used to it by now. It happens every year. But it almost seems cruel to those of us who operate in acres instead of hours during the day.

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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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