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HollerGirl56
True Blue Farmgirl

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Barbara
Flat Top WV
USA
599 Posts

Posted - Mar 24 2018 :  07:33:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What is the difference in a farm and a ranch? I live in West Virginia and we don't have ranches-too glorious for us. I own 172 acres and it is just a farm. Are ranches bigger or just out west?.

YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Mar 24 2018 :  07:46:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Barbara, here in Texas farms can be big or small where crops are grown. Family farms can have animals. May run small herds of cattle and horses.

Ranches are usually large from 100 acres to thousands of acres and raise cattle and horses. May grow their own feed.

So as I see it the main difference is farms have crops and ranches cattle/horses.

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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

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Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
12031 Posts

Posted - Mar 24 2018 :  9:47:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
yep, like Sara said,,, simply said, a farm is crops and a ranch is live stock...
but both are "a lil bit o' heaven"....

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sherone_13
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Sherone
Evanston WY
USA
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Posted - Mar 26 2018 :  07:06:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Barbara,

We own a cattle/sheep ranch in Wyoming. I would say the difference is on a ranch our main source of income is livestock. We keep a steady head of mama cows and ewes year after year. We rotate bulls and bucks every five years. Our profit is made by selling the calves/steers/lambs and by selling the wool. The only things that we grow on our place is timothy hay, alfalfa, and barley. These grasses are grown to feed the stock exclusively.

Although I have never lived on a farm, I would say that that their main source of income would be some kind of produce. They may have animals as a side business.

That's my two cents.....

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ceejay48
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CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
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Posted - Jul 10 2018 :  12:54:36 PM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I grew up on a 240 acre "farm" on which we raised all kinds of crops, and had large fruit orchards, mainly apples . . .AND cattle AND sheep! I
For me it was and will always be a "farm". BUT I would agree that most of the "ranching" around here involves livestock and generally more acreage than farms.
CJ

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Tumbleweed
True Blue Farmgirl

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Nancy
Riverside County CA
USA
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Posted - Jul 10 2018 :  4:08:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have a dog and a victory garden. Since Shylo is my chief security officer and not actual livestock I guess I have a .15 acre farm and a 15 acre farm in my dreams, ( sigh )

TW

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HollerGirl56
True Blue Farmgirl

599 Posts

Barbara
Flat Top WV
USA
599 Posts

Posted - Jul 13 2018 :  06:59:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Nancy. I asked that question because a friend suggested we call our place Busted Ass Ranch, but I didn't feel like we have a ranch and Busted Ass Farm sounded stupid. I am sure your home is beautiful and well kept and fun to be on. This place is always a mess---two people can't do it all and my husband works full time. It is rather unkempt. I call it an old hippie house. Too much land can be a pain. Although we don't use that much of ours. If I was younger I could fly around here. I think your small farm sounds great. But when I told a friend who visited I was sorry it was messy---she said---"Is a big place---can't be perfect." So true. I enjoyed your thought on this.

Old Age Ain't No Place For Sissies!------Bette Davis
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