Steps For Becoming a Cattle Rancher

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Basically, if you are looking to become a cattle rancher, three steps need to be followed:

– Get the experience
– Buy the land
– Get the cattle

Match the type of cattle to the environment you’re willing to ranch in. If you are wanting to ranch farther south where winters are mild and summers are humid and hot, consider raising Zebu (like Brahma, Afrikaaner or Indo-Brazilian) or Zebu-European-cross cattle such as Beefmaster, Brangus, Senepol, Santa Gertrudis, Australian Braford, and others. European cattle lack these sweat glands and loose skin (which are almost impenetrable to most ticks and lice species).

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Now that’s just in a nut-shell. There’s more to it than what is listed in “three-easy steps.” Quite frankly, a lot more than just three steps need to be followed to become a cattle rancher and have working ranch that will last you for many years.

On the ranch you will be working on, you will more than likely be working with all classes of livestock: cows, calves, bulls, heifers and steers. I have no doubt that you will also experience the hard work, muscle aches, fatigue, injuries, emotional turmoil of ranch life.

 

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You’re not going to amount to being much of a cattle rancher if you don’t know what’s involved in raising cattle. Get some experience for a year or two by working for a cattle ranching outfit that operates their ranch similarly to the way you want to run yours. You will learn everything from grazing management, care for the land and wildlife that need it as well as the cattle, reproduction, feeding or winter-grazing cattle through times when pasture is not worth or sparse grazing, marketing/selling cattle, bull management, cattle nutrition, fencing, branding, roping, riding ranch horses, and everything else in between. You really have no limit where you can go: You can choose to ranch anywhere you like.

Also read: Ranch Management House

All the aches and surprises and pains, you should expect to go through a huge learning curve if you’re the type that knows squat about farming/ranching and raising cattle. You will learn everything from grazing management, care for the land and wildlife that need it as well as the cattle, reproduction, feeding or winter-grazing cattle through times when pasture is not worth or sparse grazing, marketing/selling cattle, bull management, cattle nutrition, fencing, branding, roping, riding ranch horses, and everything else in between. Be prepared for the unexpected and accept constructive criticism.

Once you’ve found the type and breed (or breeds) of cattle you want, go ahead and make your purchase. Make sure that these cows you’re getting aren’t someone else’s problem animals that you’re taking off their hands. The best cows to purchase are those from a dispersal sale, where a rancher is either down-sizing or going out of business and selling some of his best or better heifers and cows.

Quite frankly, a lot more than just three steps need to be followed to become a cattle rancher and have working ranch that will last you for many years.

If you don’t know what’s involved in raising cattle, you’re not going to amount to being much of a cattle rancher. Get some experience for a year or two by working for a cattle ranching outfit that operates their ranch similarly to the way you want to run yours. This is a really good way to see what’s really involved with owning and operating a cattle ranch, and may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back in your decision whether you want to even carry through with your dream or goal of becoming a rancher or not.

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