Dreaming about ranch or farm life, and thinking that’s your next big adventure? Or maybe you’re considering diversifying into AgriTourism. Learn what to expect, pack, and be prepared for sharing in the rural life experience! Yes there are rules when invited to that backyard bash! Join radio hosts Rebecca Wanner aka ‘BEC’ and Jeff ‘Tigger’ Erhardt with The Bend Radio Show & Podcast, your news outlet for the latest in Outdoors & Western Lifestyle News!
WEBSITE The BEND SHOW S4 E190 Experience ranch and farm adventure vacation. Rebecca Wanner BEC. Jeff Tigger Erhardt. Knife River Ranch. Rural Life

Episode 190 Details

What to Know and Wear for an Amazing Farm or Ranch Experience

Essential Tips for an Engaging Farm or Ranch Visit

As the demand for experience and adventure tourism rises, the global agritourism market is experiencing significant growth. Travelers increasingly seek meaningful engagement and self-discovery, making farms and ranches popular vacation destinations. This expansion is fueled by several factors: a growing tourism industry, the ease of instant bookings, farmers and ranchers diversifying their activities, a focus on rural development, and farms and ranches leveraging the unique features of their operations and locations.

Understand Your Activity Level and Desired Involvement

Rural life is inherently physical and varies with the seasons. Determine your preferred activity level and the type of involvement you seek from your farm or ranch experience. Each season brings its unique tasks and experiences:

  • Spring: Involves crop planting, animal birthing (calving, foaling, lambing, kidding), and fence repairs.
  • Summer: Focuses on haying, rotational grazing livestock, and harvesting crops.
  • Fall: Continues with crop harvesting, livestock weaning, and seasonal round-ups.
  • Year-Round: Farms and ranches are always bustling with activity, with different chores and events depending on the season.

By understanding these seasonal activities, you can choose the best time to visit and match your interests and energy levels with the farm or ranch’s ongoing operations.

Dress for the Weather

When visiting a farm or ranch, it’s crucial to dress appropriately for the weather. Rural areas often experience significant temperature variations throughout the day. Mornings can be chilly, afternoons warm, and evenings cool.

  • Check Local Weather: Always check the weather forecast for the area you’re visiting. This will help you prepare and pack accordingly.
  • Layering: Dressing in layers is essential. Start with a base layer, such as a lightweight shirt, add a warmer layer like a sweater, and have a jacket on hand for extra warmth.

What to Wear Around Livestock on a Ranch or Farm?

Interacting with livestock, especially horses and cattle, requires specific attire for safety and practicality.

  • Long Pants: Wear durable long pants, preferably jeans, to protect your legs from scratches and bites.
  • Light Long Sleeve Shirt: In summer, a light long sleeve shirt offers protection from the sun and insects.
  • Closed-Toed Shoes: Never wear open-toed shoes around livestock. Boots with a heel are ideal, especially for horseback riding. Pair them with tall socks to prevent chafing.
  • Gloves: Soft leather gloves are useful for a variety of tasks and provide protection for your hands.
  • Long Hair: Hair can easily be caught in machinery or become irritating if blown in the face. Always have hair pulled back in a fixed position to avoid accidents such as being caught in farm machinery. Example: ponytail, braid, bun, etc.

Protect Yourself from Sun, Bugs, and Wind

Being outdoors exposes you to various elements, so it’s essential to take precautions.

  • Sunscreen: Apply sunscreen even on cloudy days to protect your skin from UV rays.
  • Hat or Cap: A hat provides additional protection for your face and eyes. Sunglasses are also recommended.
  • Bug Spray: Use insect repellent to ward off ticks and mosquitoes, which are more prevalent near livestock and tall grass.
  • Wind Protection: Secure your hair with a ponytail or braid to prevent it from getting caught in farm machinery. A baseball cap or hat can also help manage wind and keep your hair in place.

Final Travel Tips For Country Life

Additional Considerations

  • Comfort: Prioritize comfort in your clothing choices. You’ll likely be moving around a lot, so wear clothes that allow for easy movement.
  • Safety: Always think about safety first. Proper attire can prevent injuries and accidents.
  • Practicality: Choose practical clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty. Farm and ranch environments can be muddy and dusty.

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Jeff ‘Tigger’ Erhardt & Rebecca ‘BEC’ Wanner are News Broadcasters that represent the Working Ranch world, Rodeo, and the Western Way of Life as well as advocate for the Outdoors and Wildlife Conservation.

Outdoorsmen themselves, this duo strives to provide the hunter, adventurer, cowboy, cowgirl, rancher and/or successful farmer, and anyone interested in agriculture with the knowledge, education, and tools needed to bring high-quality beef and the wild game harvested to your table for dinner. They understand the importance in sharing meals with family, cooking the fruits of our labor and fish from our adventures, and learning to understand the importance of making memories in the outdoors. Appreciate God’s Country.

United together, this duo offers a glimpse into and speaks about what life truly is like at the end of dirt roads and off the beaten path.

Tigger & BEC look forward to hearing from you, answering your questions and sharing in the journey of making your life a success story. Adventure Awaits Around The Bend.

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