August 24th 2019
Ranch Life with Richard Ross
What is ranch life really like? What does it mean to be a modern-day cowboy (or cattleman)? Join us as Richard Ross, a veteran rancher and cattleman, shares stories and pictures of ranch life. Bring your questions! Rich plans to bring images of “cattle being roped and dragged to the fire, and cattle branded in a squeeze; pulling a calf and gathering in the snow, and a million other things that are easier to show with a picture than to describe orally.
Topics will include:
· A typical day on a ranch
· Dangers of the job
· Why water rights are important
· What kind of knowledge/experience a good rancher needs to be successful
· Cowboy culture
· Some of the tools a rancher uses
About Richard Ross
Rich lives on and operates a small Angus cow-calf ranch between Wheatland and Lincoln and raises walnuts at Live Oak. He rode the national cutting horse circuit in the 1990s with decent success including two NCHA Top Ten buckles. He has served as an officer and director of the Tahoe Cattlemen’s Association for over 20 years, and was its Top Hand of the year in 2008 and its Cattleman of the Year in 2009. He was honored as the Tehama County Cattlemen’s Association Man of the Year in January 2019. He has served on the California Cattlemen’s Association board of directors for about 20 years and represents cattlemen on multiple state and county boards and committees.
Richard’s dad’s family was historically cavalry and moved from Montana to San Diego in 1905. His mom’s parents met in the Indian Service in Arizona Territory and bought a farm in Sutter County about 1910. Richard spent summers as a farm hand raising peaches, prunes, walnuts, almonds, beans, peas, tomatoes, etc., at the place in Sutter County and winters in San Marino as a banker’s son.
Agricultural life always drew him, so he continued working for the family farm until he was out of high school. After graduating from UC Davis, he headed off to law school to study water rights. His long and varied legal career included serving as Deputy Attorney General under three Attorney Generals at the Department of Justice and eventually opening his own private practice. Now retired, he spends the bulk of his time as a rancher.
8/24/2019 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
White Rock Community Clubhouse 10488 White Rock Road Rancho Cordova, CA 96741 UNITED STATES
Cost: $21.00 for Sacramento Valley Rose members and $31.00 for non-members.