About Novice Rancher
Posted On July 5, 2018
Hi everyone and welcome to the Novice Rancher. Our website is dedicated to sharing our experience as we stumble through the start-up and operation of our family owned ranch.
We have been active in the agricultural community for the last 2 years and have learned a tremendous amount of information through trial and error.
I have always admired the men and women that owned the vast fields of cattle that extended as far as the eye could see. I never would have imagined I too would have the pleasure of joining that community as I grew older.
Yet here we are… stacking hay as tall as the barn for the winter feeding of our beautiful cows.
My wife and I met back in 2012, and I knew that day that I was going to marry her. After 4 years of being friends we did just that. We tied the knot in 2016, and I managed to rope her in to this unpredictable journey.
In 2016, we were also blessed with the birth of our beautiful baby boy. Our son is now two, and he’s quickly becoming a helping hand on the ranch.
I know these days are limited so I’m taking full advantage of any help he will give me. He’s no stranger to the cows and sheep, he loves to hand feed the cow and is just fascinated by every animal on the farm.
WHY WE CHOSE TO START A RANCH.
One thing I’ve learned in life is numbers don’t lie. The numbers put out by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) have indicated a mass exodus of farmers and ranchers over the last decade.
With countless farms and ranches closing on a daily basis, we decided to do our best in preserving a fading industry. Our ranch may be small, but it’s a great start and just enough for us to learn a great deal before expanding.
Also, I’ve had the pleasure of serving with some of the finest men and women in the world throughout my years in the Marine Corps. It’s no surprise that most of our elite fighting force comes from the very stockyards that raise and grow our food for us, and it’s easy to see why. That’s exactly how I intend to raise my son.
WHY WE WANT TO HELP!
Let me start by saying we learn by doing on the ranch! I read plenty, did my research, and talked to plenty of people, but with such a new operation, it was hard for us to predict every little thing that could go wrong… and if it could go wrong, it did!
We hope to share our journey of ups and downs, and what worked best for us in the end. Hopefully we can save you some time and money by sharing our experience thus far.
If you have any questions or wish to share your experiences with us, feel free to leave them below, we’d love to hear them.
-The Novice Rancher