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Ranch vs. Farm – What’s the Difference?

Ranch and farm are two common words used in North America. Many people often confuse the two or think they are the same thing when, in actuality, they aren’t.

In a nutshell, a farm is typically a lot of land that is used primarily for agriculture. There are many different types of farms that grow or produce a variety of food, fuels or other raw materials. The most popular, perhaps, are dairy farms and crop producing farms. Ranches, on the other hand, are usually a specific type of farm. They are large farms where most of the products produced are animals with the most common animal being cattle. Besides these broad differences, there are a lot of distinct differences as well.

The difference between a farm and a ranch is really based on the perception of the individual. The bottom line is that both farmers and ranchers work long hours all year round in order to put food on our tables every day, and we are thankful for each and every one of them.

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