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I often have people tell me that I will never understand what it is like to work for something because I am an only child and our Ranch has been passed down through the family. Instead of punching these people in the throat (I am a firm believer that stupid should hurt sometimes), I try and explain to them that if indeed it was that simple, there would probably be a lot more generational ranches around.

Until you have the experience of transitioning a ranch to the next generation it can be hard to understand what a complicated and delicate process it can be. I’ve been through the process once and would like to think that I have learned from the experience. I’m trying to urge some of my ranching friends that are new to the industry, to plan ahead. Also, I’m honestly trying to get them to stop sayings things like “I don’t understand” to me, because it is hurtful and not conducive to healthy communication, something the beef industry firmly needs.

With that being said, my latest column for Feedstuffs….

Click on this picture and it will take you to my column…..


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5 Responses to Sometimes there is a better way Blog | Blog | Feedstuffs FoodLink

  1. “never understand what it’s like to work for something”… Are you serious? So what, if it’s in your family and it becomes yours, you don’t have to work? You get to sit down and put your feet up and it “magically” looks after itself? Or maybe all the bills, the long hours, the hard work, the financing and the logistics don’t apply or exist any more because “family farms” have magical leprechauns living there that get rid of all that! Maybe working your ass off to keep something that’s been in your family for so long, is a HELL of a lot scarier then working to keep something you just got, after all, you have the very history of the land and your family name to lose. That’s pressure. I think if you were a multi millionaire and could afford people to do the work and accounting for you and you showed a general disinterest in your land, that would be a different story. However for someone who is hard working, passionate about what they do and passionate about how the public see what really goes on, saying “you don’t understand” is a kick in the proverbial “balls” (it REALLY hurts). When someone makes that claim, they aren’t showing that they are more hardworking, or have more on the line then you, they are showing how little understanding they have and how foolish they really are, and lets face it, Foolish people who don’t understand things are more than likely to fail at what they try to achieve.

    • Oh Ian, I knew you would understand. A part of me knows I will never be able to make these people understand what I am trying to say, but it sure makes for good writing material! I see a lot of room for improvement in the ag industry, and I think the first step is being able to talk about our issues.

      • Well I am shocked that people could say something like that, it shows how little regard they have. I’m also glad I made the point, used the terms “Leprechaun” and “Magical” without saying “Magically Delicious…”. ?:OP

        I’m not trying to “dis” people who don’t have a family farm in what I’m saying either. I certainly don’t think they have it easy or can’t lose everything. I just wish the industry could work together rather then keep drawing divisions between them. In a consumer driven industry that’s being lied to and manipulated by various factions (animal rights, media etc), the only way to survive is for everyone to band together, not drive each other further apart.

  2. I couldn’t have said it better myself!

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