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Ranch or Farm? Which one should you choose?

Do you know that most of investors turn to Saskatchewan when it comes to investment land? Why does everyone want a piece of this gem? With 57,000 registered farms, Saskatchewan has 40% of ALL agricultural land in Canada. New investors are not only faced with the decision of where to invest but they also have to decide whether they want to buy a farm or a ranch?

A ranch is a type of farm and an area of landscape, including various structures, given primarily to the practice of ranching, the practice of raising grazing livestock such as cattle or sheep for meat or wool. Ranching and farming are two different systems, they have similarities and differences. If you are shopping for land it is important to know which type of land is best for you.

ranch-scene

Ranch is a huge area used for livestock farming. Here are some characteristics of a ranch:

  • Ancient system of rearing livestock but still it is practiced in some parts of the world.
  • Animals are allowed to find their feed under a free supervision.
  • Livestock such as cattle, buffalo, goat or sheep are raised with a purpose to obtain final products as meat, milk or wool.
  • Ranches are normally not fenced as they are vast.
  • Low supervision
  • Some Ranches cater exclusively to tourists and are called guest ranches or, colloquially, “dude ranches.” Most working ranches do not cater to guests, though they may allow private hunters or outfitters onto their property to hunt native wildlife
  • Most Ranches are owned by the government and big corporations.

What is a farm? A farm is an area of land that is devoted primarily to agricultural processes or an area of water that is devoted primarily to aqua cultural processes in order to produce and manage such commodities as fibers, grains, livestock, dairy, or fuel. It is the basic production facility in food production. Purpose of maintaining a farm can be varied depending on the cultivation and rearing animal type. Common examples are orchards, dairy farms, market gardens, fish farms, plantations and estates.

  • farms have clear fences which separate pieces of land from others eg. livestock rearing and crop cultivation.
  • A farm can be small and can be owned and operated by a single individual, family or company.
  • On a farm, there can be various management systems varying from extensive to highly intensive systems.
  • A farm can be a farmstead

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http://www.cafarmland.com/blog/investment-agriculture-never-looked-bright/

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Written by Trish Mandewo
Blogger, Mompreneur