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….