A Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Ranch

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Do you ever have one of those days where you tell yourself you’re going to quit your job, move to the country and run your own ranch? If so, you’re not alone. However, you should be prepared for a lot of work and a steep learning curve. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Record Keeping

One of the most important things you can do is take notes and maintain accurate and up-to-date records. You should keep records on all equipment and repairs, each animal and every business related purchase. Having this information will inform future business decisions and help ensure you turn a profit.

Insurance

Don’t take insurance decisions lightly. Having a comprehensive ranch insurance policy might protect your business from financial disaster in the event of a natural disaster or disease outbreak.

Property Maintenance

It’s critical to stay on top of building and fence maintenance. It’s much easier to make simple repairs to something then having to replace it completely. If wires or posts are loose repair them before any of your animals get out. They can cause damage to other people’s property for which you will be held liable.

Maintain Your Crop Calendar

You’ll need to pay close attention to the right times for seeding, cutting and harvesting. Each region has different timelines so take a look at best practices in your area. And always keep an eye on the weather, as that may have an impact on your plans.

Vaccinations

The vaccinations required for your livestock will vary depending on what county you reside in. Make sure to talk to your local municipality to ensure you have the most up-to-date requirements and ask a local large animal veterinarian which vaccines are recommended.

Prepare for Calving Season

You should always be prepared well in advance for your calving season. You should constantly be on the lookout for cows that could be ready for calving and have equipment readily available.

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