I've been around farming and ranching most of my life. As a kid I worked with my best friend's dad building fences, cattle pens, working cows, plowing, sowing, harvesting, the works. I was young, and only cared about the "doing what needed to be done," and not about the "reason" it's done. That was when I was in grade school through the beginning of my high school years. I got away from all this for awhile when I got in to high school and years afterward. Then the men I knew that were farming either passed, or were getting out of the business. I've been helping an old friend of mine on the farming side for the last several years, and my dad and I have recently purchased some cattle. Now I'm older, (45) and want to get back to what I enjoyed. I want to learn more about the "reason" and then enjoy the "doing. " I know some people may say it is not feasible for a beginner to start farming and ranching. I have one of the biggest obstacles tackled though, I have close to 400 acres in my family that will be handed down over time. My dad and I have about 150 that we are working with now. We have 60 acres of cultivation and the rest is home, shop, and pasture. We have 10 black angus mommas and a black angus bull. I want to grow this operation in the future, so I've began researching cattle breeds, and what may be the best fit for me and my family's future. I'm looking forward to the information that I will receive from this forum. Glad to be a part of it.
Thanks for this opportunity,