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LF work with room and board

Might be a long shot but looking for a ranch hand position in pnw, Montana, Idaho, or Colorado. I’m from Helena, MT grew up on an 11 acre ranch with 2 cows, where we did all the fencing and built pastures. I’m very familiar with ranching, I’ve worked on multiple 1000+ acre ranches for friends and family. Good on heavy equipment/ can drive standard. Great on horseback. Know how to move rounds etc. I don’t care about pay just tired of the city ready to get back to my roots. Dm me with any questions or offers. Thank you!

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2024/06/30
02:00 UTC

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Dude ranches hiring at 16??

I am currently 15 but will be 16 in May, which is when school ends (my birthday was literally the last day of school this year). I have experience in riding (though my lessons ended a while ago) but I would love to get hands on experience on a ranch with the messy stuff so I know what I’m getting myself into. Tractors, wrangling, mucking horse 💩, fencing, building. I really am a hard worker and won’t complain at all because no matter how hard the job is, I’m grateful for the experience. I’m looking for the real ranch experience, good and bad alike and if I only get the easy stuff (like i would by simply taking a vacation to a dude ranch) then there is no point. I want the reality of it.

I think it would be a huge mistake if I jumped into buying a ranch as an adult with no experience in working in one but is is my dream. In all honesty, I truly am looking for the experience so pay does not matter. Neither does location. I could be paid $5 an hour and have to fly across the country and I will do it with a smile on my face just to spend 3 months wading knee-deep in mud and 💩 if that is what it takes. My mom encourages me working on a ranch at this age too to see if it is my thing before I turn 18, and in case anyone is wondering, I have her full permission to go out of state. She even suggested I looked for ranches that would hire me or make an exception because most only hire 18+.

I am aware that I am not the ideal candidate since I will only be able to work from late May through the middle of August and most ranches prefer workers that can stay until september, and that’s why I’m trying different ways to put my name out there. I would just love the experience and I’ve heard great things about the communities as well.

My dream state to move to is Montana and I’m seriously considering college there, but I am looking to be hired anywhere. If I fall in love with the state and the job then I’d gladly consider college there too. Any state that is hiring would be appreciated.

I’m not sure if this is a question that someone hiring at a ranch would be interested in asking but I thought I’d list my.. skills?

Like I said, some experience in riding but other than that I excel academically. I’ve won academic excellence awards since a young age and medals. My grades never drop below A’s and B’s because I keep myself focused and dedicated to what I want, and I want a good future for myself. I was the a part of student leadership and I participate in sports such as volleyball, cross country, ans flag football. But if I had to pick a favorite sport, my heart belongs to wrestling. No medical problems or disabilities and no criminal record.

I promise to be dedicated and a hard worker throughout my experience. I love to learn and I would truly appreciate an opportunity to get hands on soon without waiting until I become an adult. If you are hiring or know anyone that is, please message me or suggest a ranch that would consider me in the summer of 2025.

If it turns out that ranching is for me and I truly enjoy it, you can count on me returning in the following summers and moving to work there full time is a very real possibility in the future. When you think about it, hiring me at 16 is an investment because you’d be teaching me how you prefer to run your ranch so in the following years I’ll know your rhythm and how to get things done how they’re supposed to be done your way.

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2024/06/29
06:20 UTC

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Highest paying job in farming/ranching without a college degree?

I wasn’t able to go to college because my family couldn’t afford it and I have pretty much worked from 16 to 22 in roofing sales.

I’m 24 now and write insurance supplements but I want to work as something more meaningful to me.

My uncle inherited 40 odd acres up in Missouri (I’m from Texas) where I used to spend my summers helping him heard cows, fix fences, roping etc. so I have some knowledge as far as ranchhand work goes.

I’m just looking for a job in the farming/ranching industry with no degree that will allow me to make a solid living, afford a home and provide for my girlfriend and future family.

I am willing to go back to an affordable trade school and have already done some research on Farrier work and Saddling.

I say all this to ask for advice or an opinion at the least. What jobs pay good if not well in the farming/ranching industry without a college degree?

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2024/06/28
23:28 UTC

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Cow Calf OperationCost

What would everyone guess their winter feed cost is per day. Been punching numbers to see what it cost to run my cows this last year and curious to see what it’s costing others.

9 Comments
2024/06/28
07:28 UTC

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Ranch Social Media

Does anyone have a strong social media presence for their ranch that they're proud of? I would like to follow you and study your methods so that I too can grow my ranch's social media accounts.

15 Comments
2024/06/28
02:50 UTC

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truck Size Needed

Currently I have a 1/2 ton truck but am thinking about upgrading in preparation to my homesteading adventure. I plan to have a small herd of bison or cattle (10-15 head)

What size truck do y’all use?

How much weight do you tow on average?

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2024/06/28
02:47 UTC

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newborn calf is active and alert but skinny

calf was born either yesterday or two days ago, i wasn't able to find it until today when i heard it bawling. on the first approach i was able to get close and pick it up, but after that it won't let me get close (i could probably catch it if i sprinted but it's already running faster than me jogging). i'm concerned it might not be nursing because it's very skinny (i can see the ribs and the belly is flat) and the mother's udder is full to bursting and leaking milk, and she doesn't seem that interested in the calf (when i picked it up and it bawled loudly she didn't seem to care that much (Although the bull came after me right away).

should i be worried? if a calf is 2+ days old and is active and alert, would that be possible if it's not drinking or didn't get colostrum? thanks

6 Comments
2024/06/28
00:54 UTC

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Summer Views

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2024/06/27
16:34 UTC

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What are you wearing to work in other than cowboy boots?

What the title says. My feet tend to get sore if I’m working in my cowboy boots all day. What else are you wearing? (Females)

34 Comments
2024/06/27
01:26 UTC

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Live on Ranch Hand Pay

Curious to see what everyone’s having to pay and what benefits you include. Schedule and hours for slow season and busy season. Etc.

Or if you are a hand what you’re being paid be it salary or hourly and what your boss is providing extra if any.

18 Comments
2024/06/26
22:48 UTC

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When you try sooo hard to get the pretty horse's attention

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2024/06/26
19:07 UTC

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Rodeo Recap: 4 Jaw-Dropping Moments from Last Week's $1M+ Payout Rodeos

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2024/06/25
23:21 UTC

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Some old mixed with the new.

4 Comments
2024/06/25
21:51 UTC

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John Deere Prices

Our John Deere 6420 had a break down a couple nights ago while mowing hay. Long story short the wheel bearing and knuckle housing on the left front has gone out. I called our local John Deere and it’s $220 per hour for a tech to come out. I’m not a great mechanic so I understand for me at least a lot of times it’s better for someone to come do it and do it right. But these prices are insane to me. It’s also $2200 for the knuckle housing part from John Deere. I just don’t understand how most people can pay this, it will be a challenge for us as well. Just so frustrating.

12 Comments
2024/06/25
17:42 UTC

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1/4 mile dirt driveway. Best way to maintain it?

We live in north central Arizona. Our driveway is 1/4 mile long. No plans on paving or chip sealing it. Is it best to let it hard pack? Cover in loose driveway rock? Rake it often? How should we treat it

4 Comments
2024/06/25
16:34 UTC

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Improve cow body condition

Have a new pasture that I put 20 pairs in and they don’t seem to be improving body condition after the winter. Coming off a late winter with lower quality hay than I would like. What does everyone use for some supplemental feed? The pasture is only a couple miles from home so it’s pretty easy for me to take buckets down.

Thanks in advance for any advice.

7 Comments
2024/06/25
11:09 UTC

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Ladies coming to the truck

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2024/06/25
01:58 UTC

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Evening checks

Checking some of our younger show bred angus pairs this evening was a treat with the heat coming down a bit. Eastland County, Texas

0 Comments
2024/06/25
01:44 UTC

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After 550 bales, first cut is finally done.

10 Comments
2024/06/24
23:38 UTC

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What to do if the horse dies?

Had two members of the family pass in Feb of 23’. One of them had 2 horses that I’ve been taking care of since the dead. Don’t know what I don’t know, been learning a ton very quickly.

One of the horses is becoming very emancipated quickly. Probably going to pass soon. Other than learning how to put him in the trailer and get him euthanized, how do I deal with the remains of a horse that passes on 3 acres?

29 Comments
2024/06/24
18:09 UTC

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Winter Boots for Snow and Ice?

What boots are y'all wearing in the winters in WY/MT/CO/UT, etc?

I've got a pair of heavy hunting boots that got me through last winter, but wearing them all day long was a pain. Are there any insulated boots that aren't going to break the bank or back? Good grip in the snow and ice, etc.? TIA!

13 Comments
2024/06/23
19:56 UTC

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Good Guys Trailers

Has anyone owned a Good Guys Ranch trailer ? What did you think of it?

0 Comments
2024/06/23
17:46 UTC

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Can someone explain conservation easement

A 320 acre farm is up for auction, they cut a few 10 acre lots off of it and the 212 acre lot has an conservation easement on it. If I understand the easement right it can’t be developed, I could build a house or farming structures but it can’t be turned into a subdivision( someone could correct me if I’m wrong). If it was chopped up in my lots this would easily be a 3 million plus farm I’m hoping the easement might make it affordable but I’m need this broke down for me as I’ve never heard of these before.

8 Comments
2024/06/22
22:41 UTC

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Question, how do I become a ranch hand with only experience with horses? I’ve had about ten years experience with taking care of them but I’m looking to get out of city life.

4 Comments
2024/06/22
17:29 UTC

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What is this chicken product?

1 Comment
2024/06/22
16:10 UTC

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