|A ranch is a vast 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.
People who own or operate a ranch are called stock growers or ranchers. Ranches generally consist of large areas, but may be of nearly any size.
The ranch may include arable or irrigated land, and may also engage in a limited amount of farming, raising crops for feeding the animals, such as hay and feed grains.
Ranches that cater to tourists are called 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. However, in recent years, a few struggling smaller operations have added some dude ranch features, such as horseback rides, cattle drives or guided hunting, in an attempt to bring in additional income.
Ranching is part of the iconography of the "Wild West" as seen in Western movies.
At El Rancho we have all types of livestock from chickens, qualis, cows, bulls, sheep to horses, donkeys, rabbits and peackocks.