The invention of barbed wire in 1874 changed the landscape of the West from open range patrolled by roaming cowboys to the ranches we know today. The life of a rancher has changed, too. Overgrazing has led to more environmental regulations and a growing interest in raising nontraditional animals such as bison.
But it doesn’t matter whether you raise Holstein cattle or llamas. You’ll still be responsible for the health of your animals and the profitability of your business.
Ranchers raise cattle for beef, sheep for wool and meat, and other hoofed animals.
“When you do work like this, be it moving hay, or training a horse, or dealing with a sheep, or making a sweater, or fixing a fence -- it's there, you see the work.” Nancy, Shepherd and Horse Trainer
Independent. Many ranches are located in isolated areas far from services, so you’ll often be handling your problems on your own -- from fixing a fence to fixing a pick-up.
Angus, Limousin, Hereford, Shorthorn, and Charolais are all different breeds of cattle, each with their own unique needs.