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large farm devoted chiefly to raising and breeding cattle, horses, sheep, and goats. The cattle ranch was introduced from Latin America to Texas and the plains of the W United States and Canada. The first ranchers owned cattle, ponies, and camp equipment but no land, grazing their stock on the free public rangerange,
large area of land unsuited to cultivation but supporting native grasses and other plants suitable for livestock grazing. Principal areas in the western hemisphere are the pampas of South America and the prairies of the United States and Canada.
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. When the fencing of land became compulsory, most ranges were broken up into smaller ranches. Cattle and sheep are often shipped from ranches to feed lots in the corn belt for fattening. The term ranch is applied in the W United States also to grain and fruit farms. The dude ranch offers horseback riding and other typically Western outdoor activities for the entertainment of paying guests. Some dude ranches are also "working" ranches, but most are devoted solely to vacationers.
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Besides, gamers will have to do everything concerning gardens and farms: to dig, plant, water, harvest, ranch cattle, hire workers and more.
Stallman asked Ross to work closely with agriculture department officials to analyze the proposed acquisition of Smithfield beef assets, National Beef and Five Rivers Ranch Cattle Feeding by JBS Swift.
Federal and state agricultural officials began testing ranch cattle this week using a non-lethal TB skin test, and testing of farmed elk will soon follow.
In 1884, on visiting this country, I ventured to say that it would be found necessary to provide hay for ranch cattle to save them from absolute starvation in severe winters.