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!
We made it through another week right here on Ranch Raised.
There is just something about a dog. There is something about raising kids and dogs together. And none of this has anything to do with Border Collies. You choose the dog for you and sometimes the dog chooses you!
Now our two oldest girls are both training dogs in the 4-H program, infact my oldest daughter has started a second dog. She is beaming with pride as she will be showing a mother/daughter duo that she raised both of, right here on our ranch.
Because of the skills that our girls have learned training dogs under skilled adults, they love training all animals. I watch them break their own colts, show cattle, and goats. See, good animal handlers can transfer those skills to all species. These projects don’t come without risk and they certainly are not cheap, but they are worth every priceless penny in skills taught and memories gained.
One last story to finish the week. This past summer our 5-year-old was sitting with her swimming lesson class waiting for all the kids to show up at our small-town pool. The instructor teased this group of preschoolers and kindergarteners and said, “So what did everyone do for their social life last night?” Our daughter sheepishly looked at her and said, “My 5 dogs are my social life!”
And that right there tells you the kind of people we are! Alrightly, talk to you all next week where the theme on Ranch Raised will be, “COWS BUILD TOWNS!”
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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.