How I did it: For years I dreamed of the day when I would own a small ranch where I could raise cows, chickens and other animals. Since I was in High School, I have collected books and pamphlets on raising cows and chickens.
Last year, I was able to move to that small ranch, a 40 acre place near Elko Nevada. I now have a Scottish Highland bull named Seamus, a small flock of chickens, several goats and a few dogs and cats.
We made friends with a local small rancher and got our bull and first chickens through him. Another friend provided some more chickens. Read how I did it… 3 years ago
Since I'm just getting started with the planning for getting cattle, I'd welcome any advice for a new rancher. 5 years ago
I now have the ranch which has a 25×30 3-sided cattle shed. The water and power are run to the shed. There is fencing all around the 40 acres as well as corrals & gates around the shed.
Next step I think is to get the hay, salt/minerals, squeeze chute/head gate and build a loading ramp. 5 years ago
...getting up close and personal with the calves. 5 years ago
There is nothing in the world like watching a bunch of 3 week old calves running around with their little tails stuck straight up in the air, tearing it up while their mommas quietly munch their hay. That’s the payoff for a years work…the new bunch of calves.
I miss it so bad.
I loved it so much.
I finally found my passion in life and it was taken away. I don’t know how to get it back as I am just barely making ends meet, but I am bound and determined that I will someday. 7 years ago