The farmers and ranching industries are like two separate families, with a single father, a single mother, and two children, all living a quiet life in the same small, rural town of Lake Mead, California.
Their relationships are similar.
They work together in the fields, harvest their produce, and spend time together.
The cattle ranchers, who have families of their own, are a very different breed.
The ranchers tend to live in sprawling, well-kept cattle camps, and their families are scattered around the country.
When the cows arrive, they are put on display, and the ranchers spend days, sometimes weeks, decorating their cattle camps with everything from a large bedding shed to a giant wheelbarrow full of hay.
It’s a lot of work.
There are no televisions, no computers, no Internet.
The cows and rancher families have a common sense of humor, and when the cows grow up and begin to move on to new life, they share the news and stories of their lives.
The relationship between ranchers and farmers is very similar to the relationship between families in the United States: a tight-knit community, with strong bonds of loyalty and trust.
Like families, the relationship of ranchers to their communities can be very strained.
“We have a very deep bond that’s built up over generations, and that is very hard to break,” said Joe Sargent, who heads the Department of Livestock Management for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
“The best way to break that bond is to leave,” he said.
And ranchers are often reluctant to leave.
“Ranchers are not good with the press,” said Sargant.
“They like to be on the scene, but they’re not necessarily good with journalists.
“There are a lot more cattle here than we do on our own,” said Dave Zellner, who owns and operates the San Diego ranching company Chubb Ranch in Santa Ana, California, and also works for the Bureau of Land Management. “
Zellners family is home to more than 500 animals, including hundreds of cow, goat, sheep, and sheepdog calves. “
There are a lot more cattle here than we do on our own,” said Dave Zellner, who owns and operates the San Diego ranching company Chubb Ranch in Santa Ana, California, and also works for the Bureau of Land Management.
Zellners family is home to more than 500 animals, including hundreds of cow, goat, sheep, and sheepdog calves.
“It’s a very small population, and they’ve been bred over generations,” he told Newsweek.
“Most ranchers work a lot, and if you work too much, you get sick.
That’s just the way it is.”
Zellers family has had some success with livestock management.
When he was a teenager, his family’s cattle herd, which was originally a single herd, was one of the largest in the world.
“Our herd was over 50 million head of cattle,” he recalled.
“And that’s where the ranching business really came into being.”
Zeller’s family now runs the San Joaquin Valley Ranch in California, which has a herd of more than 4 million head, including more than 3 million sheep.
His family, which employs around 80 people, has also successfully managed a number of other large-scale, regional ranching operations, including the Chubb Valley Ranch, which he owns in Southern California.
In a perfect world, Zellinger would like to have the chance to expand his family to the point where he can manage thousands of animals.
But he said that he does not want to leave his family behind.
“I don’t want to lose my family,” he stated.
“If I can do that, it will be great.
I can be back with my family and we can have a nice life.”
The biggest barrier for ranchers is the cost of their labor.
In California, the cost for rancher labor is often over $3,000 per head, compared to $2,500 in Wyoming.
Zeller said that the price of his animals varies depending on how big the herd is.
“A cow here costs $10,000, and a sheep costs $12,000,” he explained.
“But if you’ve got a herd where you’re producing a million heads a year, that’s going to be over $300,000.
And if you have a herd that’s only 200 to 300 animals, the price is only $15,000.”
The cost of producing a large herd of cattle is a significant factor in the number of people who choose to leave their ranch and move to cities.
“That’s not something that is going to go away,” Zeller said.
“You’ve got to get into cities.
The cities have to have people.”
Zellaerts family has managed a herd with 200 animals that was originally made up of only 100 head.
“For us, that was the biggest thing,” he noted.
“Because we had a lot on the line.
We didn’t have enough land.