What constitutes a ranch? Size or usage? I have always differentiated the two by size, but I know others who distinguish them by usage.
- Farm: A) a tract of land devoted to agricultural purposes. B) a plot of land devoted to the raising of animals and especially domestic livestock.
- Ranch: A) a large farm for raising horses, beef cattle, or sheep. B) a farm or area devoted to a particular specialty.
Okay so which is it?
I’ve always called my grandparent’s place (32 acres) a farm. My husband calls it a ranch. They do have a very small garden for personal use and they do occasionally have cattle also for personal use. They’ve even feed out cattle for others from time to time. The “farm” they lived on before this one was even smaller, but they had a bigger garden and a lot more animals. Hogs, chickens, cattle, horses and geese (Guh, I hate geese. Nasty, evil creatures!). I say farm.
I think of a ranch as a huge cattle operation. 100′s of acres, breeding livestock for sell, etc. How about you? What is your definition?