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Ranching facts

Ranching is the practice of rearing and caring for great herds of cattle or flocks of sheep on large farms. It is very important in North, Central and South America, Australia and New Zealand, and southern Africa. In Canada and the United States, the farms are called ranches, and in Spanish-speaking countries such as Argentina and Mexico, they are called haciendas. In Australia and New Zealand, large sheep farms are called sheep stations. The farms may be very large. In the United States, a ranch is usually about 10,000 to 20,000 acres in size. But some ranches have an area of 100,000 acres.

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When cattle grazed the whole year round on the open range, an American ranch of 150 square miles could only support a few thousand head of cattle during the winter. The number has been greatly increased by the introduction of closed pastures for winter feeding.

In these countries, the farms are generally privately owned. The owner employs many hands to look after the herds or flocks on the great expanses of grazing land.

 Large cattle and sheep farms usually grow grass as a crop to feed their animals during the winter. Large collective cattle and sheep farms exist in postcommunist countries, especially Russia and Belarus. The farms are owned by the state and managed by a group of farmers.

One more ranching fact - in the United States, people refer to most large farms as ranches, even if they produce fruit or different animals. A dude ranch is a kind of holiday camp built like an old Wild West ranch.

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