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Looking for more information on working on a ranch
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Irene    Posted 03-14-2002 at 12:45:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi there. Recently I've visited a ranch in America and liked it a lot, specially since I've been a nature- and animallover all my life. When I was young, I used to spend my time at my neighbours farm basicly every day.

At this moment I'm working with computers, but would like to do more with animals and preferably in nature. Ranching or working on an animalfarm. But now I'm at the part where I need some information.

-If I would somehow have to possibility to change my work, I would like to work in a vacation in a ranch or so, but it would also have to be to learn things. Are there possibilities in America where foreigners can do that? And I'm not talking about guestranches where you have to pay to do things.
-And if I could succeed in this, how big is the chance that I could also find a (regular) job in that?

If I would have to place more information about myself, skills, etc. just let me know.

Hope someone can help me out a bit more. Would be highly appreciated!

Whispering Pines    Posted 03-17-2002 at 10:35:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Try these web sites;,,,

kraig WY    Posted 03-14-2002 at 17:51:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Last couple of weeks the weather has be between 40 and -18, snow and wet snow. All ranch hands are calving. You stay cold and wet and work all night. Soon you get to brand. Smell of burning hides and meds. Soon you get to move them to summer pasture. And then haying starts. Then fencing and hauling water. Oh yeah, newby's get green horses.

Ranching isn't what people think it is but if you are still interested let me know and I'll put you on to some want adds for ranch help.

johanne    Posted 03-10-2004 at 01:00:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have always loved animals and I have been horseback riding since I was 11. I know I want to work with animals, but I havenīt decided which education to take, jet. To do something usefull and at the same time, get a great experience out of it, I would like to work on a ranch for 3-6 month.
But how do I find work??

Irene    Posted 03-15-2002 at 11:45:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Kraig,

I know what ranching is all about, the good and bad parts, so to speak. :)

I myself am very technical in all kinds of ways: fixing vehicles, motorcycles and many other things that can drive, but besides that, I've renovated my complete house and as an education I've studied to become a maintenance engeneer, but am now working in the ICT business.

As for the weatherchanges... I've been in America in october, so we've been thrue all the kinds of weather we could think of. :) Nothing uncommon to me. And as for animals: don't believe I've ever been without them.

As starters I can only make my try in a 5 week summervacation, due to my job at this moment. But that's why I would like to take a chance on trying it. So therefor any kind of information is more than welcome.

How is housing for helping normally arranged?

Irene    Posted 03-15-2002 at 11:55:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Kraig, are you from Wyoming by any chance? (Since you use WY in your name.) I've been in Montana and part of Wyoming last october. And I don't regret a single minute! :)

kraig WY    Posted 03-15-2002 at 16:32:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yes, north east part. What five weeks of the year are you talking about. Summer slows down after haying. Fenceing and general maintance. Fall ain't too bad (after calves are sold) until it starts getting cold. Problem is these times not much hireing done. Best chances are calving and haying season.
anyway try

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