Ranching is an extensive way of raising livestock, primarily grazing cattle, sheep and horses, but also involves production of many other animals. The term ranch is used loosely as it is primarily up to the owner's discretion whether his/her locale is a farm or ranch, but it is commonly known as a very large tract of land that is often used in its native state. The historical and current practices of ranching and rangeland management among other things pertaining to ranching can be discussed in this category.

1,918 Questions
Animal Life

What chores do ranch hands do?

A lot of things. Mostly taking care of the property and horses.

Basic jobs:
-Feeding and watering
-Mucking out
-Turning horses out
-Fixing things
-Sweeping/ Cleaning
-Bathing horses
-Lunging horses
American Old West

What animal do cowboys ride?


Cows and Cattle

What are ranchers called that fatten young cattle?

Anything from beef producers, backgrounders, stockmen, to feedlot owners.

History of the United States

What problems did the homesteaders face in the American West?

Homesteaders Problems
  • Life could get boring or lonely very easily, especially for the women homesteaders. Also, if you needed a specific special item not possessed on ordinary homesteads, like medicine perhaps, stores were quite rare, far away from your homestead, and often expensive to buy from.
  • When it rained the sod houses roof leaked and sod went every where, like on beds and furniture, and snakes sometimes fell into their houses through the roof. Grasshoppers were a huge problem, eating anything they could find that was green. This happened a few times, when huge plagues of them swarmed over the plains.
  • Conflict with cowboys for fencing off the land which they claimed to be their own.
  • Indians could be a problem. Usually Indians were very peaceful until the white man got greedy over land, also gold mining and the Indians decided the best way to prevent more white men from coming onto their land was also raiding wagon trains or homesteads.

Drought was always a threat for their crops and could make or break a winter. A spouse becoming ill. If the husband was ill then there may not be any meat on the table for the winter months. If the wife was ill there was no one to look after the children while the husband went hunting (which could take days) unless there were older children. Doctors were miles away as were neighbors.

It was a tough life and people aged very quickly. The life expectancy was approx. 35 - 45 years old.

Cows and Cattle
Farm Animals

What is livestock ranching?

Livestock ranching is the breeding, and raising of animals, these animals are usually used for meat purposes and raised in large herds. Ranches are more commonly found in the western parts of Canada and the United states. These livestock operations generally use large amounts of grazing land depending on the size of the ranch.

Cows and Cattle
Cattle Drives and Trails

What do you call a person that herd cattle or sheep?

A drover, shepherd, cowboy, stockman, herder, etc.

History of the United States
Cows and Cattle
American Old West

What played the biggest role in ending the cattle kingdom?

Severe overgrazing, the extensive use of barbed wire, the expansion of the railroad and the real nail in the coffin: the Great Winter of 1885-86 where thousands and thousands of cattle perished from cold and hunger.


How many acres is the moncrief ranch?

20,000 plus acres - Barbara Moncrief

Goats and Sheep

Why did sheep and cattle ranchers clash?

Shepherds blamed the cattle ranchers for overgrazing the land they need to graze their sheep on. The cattle ranchers blamed the shepherds from grazing their sheep where their cattle are supposed to graze, either before the cattle have grazed there or after. Other reasons were that sheep were the ones who were able to overgraze grasslands over cattle because they can graze so close to the earth, unlike cattle who can only graze to a few inches above soil-level.

Cows and Cattle

What are the causes of cattle ranching?

There are many good and bad causes that people see associated with cattle ranching. Here's a lost of both:


- Healthy cattle (less sickness with extensive management and natural diet)

- Healthy grass (good grazing practices induce vigorous grass growth)

- Low labour costs (cattle are feeding themselves and not being fed)

- Minimal manure management (Mother Nature takes care of that on the pastures)

- Environmentally friendly, as manure and urine goes back into the soil to help plants grow, and grass makes cattle fat and happy

- Range cattle produce beef that is healthy for people to eat, containing lower and healthier fat than feedlot grain-fed beef.


- Overgrazing (always comes with poor grazing practices)

- Deforestation (which is synonymous with what is happening in South America)

- Requires fencing to keep animals in and to keep animals out of riparian areas

- Higher methane production with cattle grazing on pasture versus being fed in a feedlot

- Grass-fed beef can be something that people don't like, preferring grain-fed over grass-fed.

American Old West

Cattle ranching and mining were instrumental in the nineteenth century in getting more people to settle?

In the American west.

Cows and Cattle
Goats and Sheep

A person who runs a property with sheep or cattle ending -ist?


Roman Empire

How did the widespread use of slave labor hurt small farmers in Rome?

The use of slave labor on farms did not hurt the small farmer. It was the taking over of the small farmer's land that hurt the small farm industry. The large landowners, for various reasons, were able to squeeze out the small landower.

United States of America
United States

What is the largest state in the United States?

Alaska and Texas


What was true about owners of Bonanza farms?

they could afford the most modern machinery.


What is a Spanish estate called?

It is called a finca or cortijo.

Century - 1800s
American Old West

What skills did cowboys in the 1800s have to possess?

They had to possess extreme confidence and mastery skills, because it was not easy to be a cowboy. Cowboys in the 19th century, and even today, had to be jacks of all trades. The skills required are far too numerous to list, but here are some examples. Cowboys needed to have basic woodworking skills in order to mend fences, buckboards and wagon wheels. They had to be able to work in extreme weather, hot and cold. They needed a basic knowledge of animal husbandry to care for their animals. The ability to treat minor, and sometimes not so minor, injuries was also an invaluable skill due to the paucity of doctors. A good memory was needed in order to travel and locate animals, navigating by landmarks, verbal instructions and hastily sketched maps. The work requires a high level of physical fitness. Contrary to popular belief, marksmanship skills were neither important nor widely held. Firearms are heavy, especially when traveling with most of your worldly possessions on a horse. Revolvers were most commonly used against varmints which, often as not, were as likely to run from the sound as be hit. Probably the most important of all cowboy skills was the ability to improvise and adapt. There was no written job description for cowboys, only ever-changing conditions and tasks.


What does Round-up mean?

It means to amass or to gather. In cowboy talk, it means to go out on the range or to the pasture and gather all the livestock and bring (drive) it to a central location (usually a corral) for whatever purpose (de-horning, vaccination, market, etc.).

Lawn Care
Deforestation and Habitat Loss

What herbicide can be used to kill wild onions in a lawn?

Concentrated Roundup painted directly on green portion of the plant should probably do it. 2,4,D will work also. 1 ounce to 1 gallon of water, spray till wet

Cattle Reproduction

What is a motherless unbranded cow called?

A maverick cow. Any unbranded animal is referred to as "slick". Maverick is a term mostly used on steers or bulls that have quit the bunch or are wily and hard to capture (how they remain slick!). Rarely a cow will behave this way, mostly she'll stay within eyesight or earshot of her herd. Maverick cows teach their habits to their calves and become problematic when its time to gather them.

Cows and Cattle
Jokes and Riddles

How many cattle are there on the lazy circle double-o bar four square ranch?

Few of them survived the branding

Cattle Diets and Nutrition

What happened to the dallas sheep rancher who claimed he was going to start selling wool in 47 different colors?

He became the biggest lamb dyer in Texas

WW1 Trench Warfare
Genetic Engineering

How would you find a geneticist who would be interested in doing genetic mapping on your family for research and discovery purposes?

Several resources for locating a genetics professional in your community are available online at:


You could also buy a hot pocket.

Cattle Drives and Trails

What was the affect of barbed wire on the cattle industry?

It heralded an end to the open-range cattle industry, and created more friction between open-range ranchers and the sod busters, otherwise known as the farmers because the ranchers wanted the land that the farmers were turning over for crops for cattle grazing. Of course barbed wire wasn't the only thing that affected the cattle industry. Over-grazing, the near-extinction of the very cattle that were herded back east for their meat, the completion and expansion of the railroad and the ever-increasing population of farms, towns and cities in the West had an impact on the cattle industry.

Cattle Breeds

What are borans?

Boran is a type of cattle from Africa.

See the Web Links to the left for more information about this breed.


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