Ranch Raised – Episode 31

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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 Ranch Raised!
Was everyone ready to get back into the daily grind routine? I know I had some girls that weren’t exactly thrilled about getting on the school bus. If there is one thing that this long holiday weekend on the ranch created, it was an appetite! Are there any other big breakfast eating families out there? From the time my kids were babies, I swear they consume 75% of their calories before 11 a.m. Our girls have just always been BIG breakfast eaters, which they get from their dad. I am happy with drinking a pot of coffee for my breakfast most days.

Now that the girls are older, capable, and awesome ranch hands most of the time our weekend mornings start out with the girls going out to chore and them telling me to get a good breakfast on. Yesterday I asked if they had any special breakfast requests and they quickly said, “DONUTS”! They are right, it had been a while since I had spoiled them with donuts. When you live 20 miles from the nearest place to buy donuts, kids like mine don’t get that luxury very often.

Sometimes I do fry donuts but I prefer to just bake cake style donuts because I am always at a loss of what to do with the oil after frying donuts. So, tune in tomorrow as I share with you my easy Basic Buckaroo Donut recipe! You probably have everything on hand and it can easily be modified to different flavors and add in ingredients.

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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