Ranching still has a mystique about it, and I know I'd like to try it. But I suspect that's only because I know next to nothing about it.
There is definitely a "mystique" to ranching. It is also very dangerous work. Thrown by horses, gored by bulls (and cows!), hurt on equipment. It's a hard way to make a living, and it's more a life-style than an occupation. Most ranchers wouldn't want to do anything else.Two winters ago a neighbor's wife was chopping ice out of a tank and slipped, broke her hip, and had to crawl back to the house in a helluva sub-zero blizzard. Luckily it was only two miles and she was (is) a tough old buzzard.Not much has changed when you come right down to it.
Joel Salatin (a big mover and shaker in the 'natural' farming world) says the same thing. It's all about the grass, and if you don't take care of it, nothing can thrive including us!
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