A ranch is a farm where grazing types of livestock, (cattle, sheep, or horses) are raised on large tracks of open land. A specialized ranch is committed to raising a particular type of livestock. As defined by Microsoft word.
Microsoft says a wife is a woman to whom a man is married. Spouse, companion and partner are synonyms.
A ranch wife is a woman married to a man who owns or manages a ranch. But what does that mean?
She open gates and cuts twine off of round bale so her Husband can feed cattle.
She carries panels, gates, feed sacks, buckets of feed and more.
She is a nurse and doctor who vaccinates cattle, breeds cows, assists cows giving birth and treats sick animals.
She spends lots of time on a 4-Wheeler checking cattle, taking out salt and mineral, chasing cattle and moving pairs. Sometimes, she is in the pickup as the leader while gathering cattle.
She cooks meals for hungry cattle working crews and her family.
She spends time in the tractor, farming and haying.
She is a “Gofor” … parts, equipment, supplies, food.
She is a light holder so her Husband can see what he is doing.
She fixes fence, washes vehicles and scrubs tractor windshields.
She belongs to the community by entertaining family, friends and neighbors. She hosts birthday parties and makes goodies for fundraisers and church functions.
She is a housekeeper, laundry doer and cleans up after dogs.
She is an organizer, book-keeper and bill payer.
She is a Daughter, Sister, Friend, Aunt, Niece and many times a mother.
She is determined and strong.
Many Ranch Wives are voices for Agriculture. They are passionate about an industry they believe in and are willing to fight to represent the truth about that industry. They are educated and informed about many Agriculture and life issues.
Some ranch wife’s help support their family by working in town.
For the last eight years I have been one of the many ranch wives that work in town and help on the ranch. I have used “vacation days” to work cattle, move pairs, wean calves and be an extra set of hands during bad weather.
After much discussing, cussing, thinking and pencil pushing J and I have decided that the timing is right for me to be a full-time at home ranch wife. Last Friday was my last day at the town job and the beginning of a new adventure.
It will be an adjustment for both J and I. We are ready for the challenge and are going into this with open minds and patience. LOTS of patience! As my role changes so will my blog. I intend to keep blogging, knowing that there will be times of the year when posts and commenting will be scarce. A rancher’s wife needs some kind of creative outlet. I hope you continue to join me on my journey through ranch life, my life and everything in between!
What do you think a Ranch Wife is?