We recently got this email from a reader who’s getting his new ranch up and running in northeastern New Mexico:
I have an opportunity to start a cattle operation from basically scratch (wells are drilled, some drinkers put in, very large pastures that will need to be made into smaller paddocks); is there an article or two, or something, that will give me a decent list of topics to think over, equipment/materials I’ll need, etc? This is my first time starting something like this, and I desperately don’t want to forget an obvious piece somewhere, somehow.
We’ve got lots of On Pasture articles that would help. But we also thought, “We have a whole On Pasture community to draw on with decades and decades of experience. Why not ask them too?” So we’re sending Grant’s question out to you.
Bring your imagination and year’s of experience to give some advice to a new rancher. Maybe finish these sentences, and then post it in the comments below, or send it as an email to us and we’ll forward it on to Grant and prepare it to share with others.
“If I was starting a ranch I would…..”
or “I would NOT….”
or “If I was starting over I would …..”
or “These are the questions I would find answers for…”
If you have a question you’d like to open up to the On Pasture community, send it along to us. We’ll work on sharing questions and compiling answers.
Thanks to all for extending a hand to Grant and to each other!
Rachel and Kathy