Ranching Full-Time on 3 Hours a Day

Ranching Full-Time on 3 Hours a Day

Too many family ranches these days are supported by a spouse’s off-ranch income. But this book by Cody Holmes proves that it doesn’t have to be this way!

Ranching Full-Time on 3 Hours a Day

Holmes writes Ranching Full-Time on 3 Hours a Day: Real-World Validation of Holistic Systems for Stockmen from experience. He knows what it’s like to work all day to make ends meet, to grapple with shallow soil and sparse grass, and to heed the advice of fertilizer salesmen in a desperate attempt to improve a bad situation. But he also knows how to turn the situation around, because he did it on his own ranch.

Ranching Full-Time on 3 Hours a Day shares the principles necessary to maintain a low-input ranch that makes a profit while still allowing time for a lifestyle that is more than just work. Some of these principles include:

  • Low-maintenance cow genetics.
  • Grazing management.
  • Gross margin analysis.
  • A successful mindset.
  • Soil improvement.
  • Thinking and observational skills.
  • Multi-species grazing.

The book concludes with a 10-step plan for switching your ranch to a holistic approach.

While some of Holmes’s advice may seem heretical to the modern producer (e.g., leaving some weeds in the pasture to serve as nutritional supplements for the cattle), he respectfully reminds the reader from time to time that he has done it both ways and has witnessed the benefits of this alternative approach himself. The result is a realistic system that fits into nature’s pattern quite readily, reducing the expenses and workload of the ranch and leaving the family free to enjoy the benefits of their special lifestyle.

The specifics may be hard to follow at times, but the principles of the book are abundantly clear, making Ranching Full-Time on 3 Hours a Day a good choice for ranchers and cattle producers seeking a better way.

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Motivated by her experience growing up on a small farm near Wichita, Kansas, Michelle Lindsey started Homestead on the Range to supply Kansas country living enthusiasts with the innovative resources that they need to succeed and has now been keeping families informed and inspired for over five years. Michelle is the author of two country living books. She is also a serious student of history, specializing in Kansas, agriculture, and the American West. When not pursuing hobbies ranging from music to cooking to birdwatching, she can usually be found researching, writing, or living out the country dream.