Ranching Is Hard Work, But It Can Be Made Easier



My husband, Keith, and I have had a working sheep and goat ranch for nearly ten years. It is a small operation, all things considered. We only have thirty acres.

Coming from major cities like Houston and Loss Angeles, as Keith and I do, thirty acres seems like a lot. Locals joke with us, “Thirty acres? That's not a ranch! That's somebody's back yard.” Which is true when you consider many ranches around here have acreage up into the thousands.

Thirty acres is huge to us and we have turned it into a ranch. We have made it work. Work is what I want to talk about today.

Keith and I hear from friends and family, “Oh, you must work so hard.” “I always wanted a farm but it seems like too much work.”

I'm not certain what my friends and family envision we do all day, but my response is always, “It's not that much work! And it can be made easier"

It's not like we are hand scything tall grass and pitching it into giant hay bales all day. Our animals are well cared for so, though the occasional illness comes along, we aren't doctoring them up all day every day. We aren't carrying water over our shoulders in buckets.

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