Published on March 16th, 2016 | by Home and Family0
The Down to Earth Realities of Living on a Ranch
Living on a ranch is definitely a calling. Not just anybody can do it. If you find yourself drawn to cattle raising and ranch living, it can be one of the most rewarding and satisfying experiences that you will go through. However, if you find a good ranch sale and your attitude is more “why not?” You may find yourself frustrated, impatient and irritated at life. Ranch life calls for very early mornings so you either have to be a morning person already or train yourself to get up before the sun. There are many chores and responsibilities that a ranch owner must take care of, not only in the morning but throughout the day. Here are some examples of a few of the things you will have to do if you buy a ranch sale.
- You will be in charge of the breeding and care of your stock.
- You will need to keep up with marketing alternatives for ranch products.
- You must be knowledgeable enough cultivating, harvesting and irrigating processes of raising stock in order to hire, train and supervise ranch workers.
- You must be constantly supervising in checking your facilities and making repairs as needed.
- As with any business, you will be responsible for the honest and accurate record keeping of your business and employee information.
- If you want your ranch to grow you will also need to be proficient in negotiation skills with other farmers and ranchers in order to buy and sell product and stock.
- You’ll also need to oversee the production of the product that your ranch makes such as dairy and eggs.
- Crop activities will need to be planned around the weather and environment and season.
- When necessary you must be able to obtain financing for certain processes and projects.
- Ranch equipment will need to be bought so you will need to be well researched and knowledgeable about function and price and what machines you will need and what you can do without.
- A business mind is crucial as you’ll have to write up and follow a strict budget personally and commercially.
- All of this must be done on top of regular ranch duties like feeding, harvesting, cleaning, planting, tilling and more.
This barely scratches the surface of the duties and responsibilities of a ranch owner. This nonstop lifestyle may be why ranch sales tend to be comparatively inexpensive. Well your initial investment in the ranch sale may not be as high as you thought it might be, make sure to save the remaining money because you will need it in order to invest in stock, equipment, machines, fences, fertilizer and soil and all the other things that are necessary to keep a successful ranch.
However, the life of ranchers is not all work and no play. One of the best benefits of living on a ranch is that ranches are usually placed outside of city limits and away from the hustle and bustle of city life. This allows for uninterrupted family time and the ability to really appreciate and enjoy nature. Once all the jobs of the day are complete, the evenings are usually very calm and quiet and peaceful. After such a full day there’s nothing better than reclining on the patio furniture enjoying the fruits of your labor.
If you are looking to get into the cattle business and are looking for land and ranches for sale one of the main things that you will want to realize is that it could move you out of where you are. Sometimes the most lucrative ranches are even a different state or even country. If you are prepared to do this and are looking realistically at the fact that your life will be changing drastically, this may not be a terrible thing. Sometimes, a fresh start or a clean slate is exactly what a family needs just to be able to start again. Something about approaching a new project like living on a ranch together is just what is needed in order to bring the family close again.
Although a ranch business can seem daunting, there are many advantages and great things about it so don’t be afraid to step out and take a risk, it could be the best thing that you have ever done.