Ranch Raised – Episode 62

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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!


Last week I shared with you one of my hippie life hacks to help with sore muscles. I will tell you that ranching not only wreaks havoc on your body but also on your skin this time of year. Your hands are constantly exposed to the elements, sometimes getting wet or covered with goo and animal excrement.

There are all kinds of products out there to slather your hands with. It just seemed like nothing ever was really healing the skin, just sort of smothering the problem and making my hands a greasy situation.

As, I have admitted, I am sort of a naturalist. I am in to essential oils. And if I can DIY it, do it yourself, I usually do. This weird hippie streak I have accidentally solved our dry, cracked, chapped hands issue rather organically….see what I did there?!? I started making my own foaming hand soap years ago. I had no intentions of any life changing effects. I was just becoming more conscious of what we were putting in our body and on our body.

So, while I thought that giving it a try at making my own hand soap was just a way to try to live cleaner, I had no idea how much healthier it would make our skin.
Gone are the days of dry, cracked hands that were miserable and painful! Commercial hand soaps have a lot of harsh ingredients that really break down the skin. As ranchers, we wash our hands a lot!

Tune in tomorrow and I will spill the tea, I mean the soap and share my really easy, tried & true foaming hand soap recipe!

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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