what are the problems associated with cattle ranching?

(you can provide statistics, if you have any) :)

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    It depends on what type or size of ranch we're dealing with. Sometimes it's hard to get away for a vacation because the animals need to be fed or pastures rotated because there's no one around that can be hired for a few days to do the jobs, or no one's reliable enough to do it. So the rancher or cattlefarmer has to be home on the farm or range for most of the year, if not all of the year, every year.

    It's not a week-day 9-5 job, nor is it a weekend-warrior type of job. Cows sometimes need you at the odd hours of the night or early in the morning, and depending on how difficult calving season is, you may not get much sleep at night. Calving cows need to be checked on at least once or twice a day, and any cow or heifer that is having trouble needs to be moved to a holding facility to be assisted ASAP. Cows can go through the fence, and when that happens you have to get out there to get them back in, then go find and fix where they broke out.

    One cannot go into the cattle business without any sort of knowledge about handling, health, behaviour, physiology, or feeding of cattle. So a city-born city slicker fresh off the street of, say, Chicago, can't simply be hired on as General Manager of a big cattle company: it'll be a trainwreck waiting for a place to happen. He'd be as helpful as two of the best cowhands gone missing. One has to know about the pastures and hayfields that are meant to feed the cattle, the contours and vegetation of the land, as well as the kind of cattle are being raised, how they react to different situations, how they take being handled, what kind of health issues that have come up in the herd that need to be dealt with or had to be dealt with so they won't happen again, the difference between a steer and a heifer and a cow and a bull, etc. For newbies, this can be very overwhelming, but for the veteran rancher, it's all part of the job.

    It can be hard to be flexible, especially with markets, the weather conditions, climate change, and new technologies that are always coming up and around. Beef cattle prices are always subject to fluxuations, and nowadays its very difficult to subsist on cattle alone, especially with the prices being so low these past number of years. It's also easy to get in the red when raising cattle, particularly if you raise cattle the conventional way: turning a tractor on to feed cows in the winter for a few hours every day, having a short grazing period and poor grazing/pasture management, being a little careless of the kind of cows and bulls you choose for your herd, calving in winter, feeding cows grain, buying feed all the time, etc. All of these costs build up, and if you are one of those high-cost producers, you will find that the cattle you raise are using up more money than if you were to pursue some other agricultural enterprise, like crop farming, when you could change your management methods to make your operation more low-cost. Ranchers that resist change will more than likely find themselves going bankrupt, and end up having no choice but to pull up roots and sell everything, land, cattle and all. Ranch and farm kids are also not wanting to go back to their roots and keep the family ranch/farm running because they'll all too aware of the hardships of what goes into ranching; they'd rather make more money in the cities than go through what their parents went through.

    Ranching is getting to the point where you can't get all your income from the ranch all by itself. Around 95% of all farmers and ranchers have to rely on some sort of off-farm income to keep the farm/ranch going, whether it's from a job that the wife or husband is taking and the husband or wife is home looking after the farm, respectively, or whether it's a farm where off-farm income comes from the owner him-/herself where they do the ranching part time, and the rest of the time is spent in town or a city making money.

    Ranches are starting to be more of a one-man operation, with less cowhands to help with cows and more cows to manage per person. This requires a bit of re-thinking of things. This can be a limitation for those stubborn enough to not want to change or are still quite niave about things, but a benefit for those who see the optimism of more money back and better cattle to run.

    "When you get livestock, you will have deadstock." This saying is another important thing when dealing with the stress and negative feelings of losing an animal. Some people are more sensitive to death than others, and for most ranchers or farmers who raise any kind of animals, it's hard when you loose an animal to the point of being down-right depressing. If you don't want to deal with death, don't work in a hospital nor on a farm; you're better off in a white-collar office somewheres in the middle of a city.

    Source(s): Lived on a family farm for a while, and have looked into this sort of thing quite a bit myself.
  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    I was once raped by an African Hippo called Majito i know this is not related to your question in any way shape or form just to let you know watch your back. They may look fat and slow but they are actually predators and need to be dealt with extreme caution. Rubber gloves does not cut it! Thank you much love good night.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Mad Cow Disease

    Stepping in "Cow Patties"

    You hear a lot of "Bull"

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