How to Start a Ranch
March 2, 2012
If fluorescent lighting and cubicles make you cringe and you dream of spending your time outdoors, ranch living may be for you. The work isn’t easy, but it can be immensely rewarding for those who love wide-open spaces.
Locate the right land: You need land to start a ranch, and a lot of it. A minimum of 30 to 40 acres is recommended. The land needs enough vegetation to feed cattle and provide them with shade/shelter. Don’t be tempted to purchase land that doesn’t have these features, as you will spend all your money on feed and be forced to build a barn or other structure to shelter the herd.
Purchase land: Once you find the perfect land, you’ll need to arrange to buy it. Before approaching a lending institution, you should have a viable business plan in place for your ranch. Without proof that your ranch will be profitable, the bank will be reluctant to fund your land purchase.
Build fences: Once you’ve found and secured the right land, you’ll have to build the necessary fences to keep cattle from wandering off, which they will immediately do if the entire property isn’t fenced.
Buy cattle: Go to auction and purchase at least 50 heifers and one bull. Never purchase more than one bull, because they’ll fight. You’ll also have to determine what type of cattle you’d like to purchase; Texas longhorns are a sound suggestion for new ranchers.
Brand them: Once you’ve purchased your cattle, you’ll need to be able to identify them at auction or if they wander off the ranch. A local blacksmith can create a brand for you if you don’t already have one.
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