Ranch Raised – Episode 59

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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!


Clear as a bell and colder than……….
Welcome back to Ranch Raised! This cold weather is hard on everyone! Hard on tractors and equipment, hard on livestock, and hard on herdsman.

As I have said earlier this week, it is ice chopping season. Compounding the hard physical labor aspect is the fact you are performing these tasks in sub-zero temps while carrying around an extra 15 pounds of clothing on our person. I can assure you, by the end of these winter days, I am done. With heavy emphasis on DONE!

I have found the old world home remedy of soaking in an Epsom salt bath to be a wonderful way to cope physically and mentally at the end of a hard winter day!

Epsom salts are not really salts at all. Epsom salt is also known as magnesium sulfate. It’s a chemical compound made up of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen. It gets its name from the town of Epsom in Surrey, England, where it was originally discovered. Despite its name, Epsom salt is a completely different compound than table salt. It was most likely called a salt because it does look like table salt and is often dissolved in baths, which is why you may also know it as “bath salt.” So, don’t eat Epsom salts! Grab a bag at your local pharmacy or it is even carried in some grocery stores. Throw a cup of two in a warm bath and soak your troubles away!

We will see you tomorrow, right back here on Ranch Raised!

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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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