I recently spent an afternoon at the home of a rancher.
I met a couple of his employees who had worked in his business for the last decade.
The wife was a veterinarian, and the son worked in the field.
I asked the son about the meat business.
“I like meat, but I don’t make any money from it,” he said.
“So I just make a little bit of money by selling the stuff I buy at the grocery store.”
I was struck by the difference in attitudes among his employees.
“It’s very easy to look down on other people who make a living by making money,” the husband said.
But the young rancher looked surprised.
“You think you’re making money?
I make a lot of money from my business,” he told me.
“That’s the difference.
If you don’t have a business, you can’t make a profit.”
The rancher, who works in a ranching business, has been working in his fields for almost four decades.
He told me that in recent years, he’s seen the number of ranchers drop.
“We have about 500 families in our area,” he explained.
“Now there’s only 20 families left.
We’re down to only two families.
They’re all gone.
And I know that’s not a coincidence.”
The same thing happened with his neighbors.
“Our last one left, and he left because he wanted to be a doctor,” he remembered.
“He made a lot money.
But he didn’t want to work at the ranch anymore.
I know he would love it if I had another job, but now I can’t get another job.”
And when he said this, he was not exaggerating.
Many ranchers in the area are no longer willing to keep their jobs.
The jobs that once offered good wages and decent benefits are being taken away, leaving some ranchers struggling to survive.
“There are only two people left that can survive here now,” said a ranchers wife.
“My husband and I can.
The other guy can’t.
We are a single mom and a single dad.”
But there’s a simple way to prevent ranchers from leaving their jobs: They should be paid more for their labor.
The reason for this is simple: It’s not fair.
In order to make a good living, ranchers have to work long hours.
This is because they need to pay their own way.
When a ranches work is cut short, the family’s financial obligations are strained.
“The people that work for me are the ones that get screwed,” the rancher said.
And when a ranchese is working long hours, he can expect to work fewer hours per week.
“And I’m getting more and more stressed every day,” he added.
In addition, many ranchers are working from home, which means they have to buy expensive equipment.
This adds up quickly.
“They’re getting sick,” the young ranchher said, pointing to his swollen left arm.
“Sometimes I just can’t go out.
And my doctor tells me I have a very high chance of having a heart attack.”
So, even though the number one reason ranchers lose their jobs is due to working long, it’s not just about wages.
The real reason is due their lack of control over their own labor.
“If you can control the time you spend, you control the amount of time you can spend,” said the ranchere, who declined to give his last name.
“But when you can not control the hours you spend on your own time, it makes you an absolute slave to somebody else.
It’s like slavery.
If we can’t control our own time and we can not choose how we spend it, it is like slavery.”
So how can you prevent ranches from leaving?
If you work hard, you should be able to earn a decent wage.
And the right amount of money for your work should not be too low.
The USDA does not require ranchers to report how much they make.
And some ranches are making $3,000 a year.
“When I came to the ranch, I didn’t think I’d make any more than $10,000,” the son said.
He also added, “I don’t know how I’m going to pay my rent.
We don’t get a mortgage.”
The younger rancher explained that he doesn’t make enough to pay his own bills.
“Every time we go to the grocery, the bills come,” he complained.
“Then the bills go up every month.”
But he doesn,t want to give up.
“No matter what, I have to make the money,” he assured me.
And he added that if he can’t afford the rent, he will just have to leave the ranch.
But it is important to remember that not everyone is so lucky.
“What I can do is pay the bills, and if they’re really bad, I can pay the