Have you ever found yourself wondering what the difference is between a ranch property and a farm property? How are they similar? How are they different?
Simply put, a farm is a piece of land that is cultivated to produce food and a ranch is saved for the production of cattle or other animals for grazing purposes.
According to the Canadian Oxford Dictionary 2nd ed. (c) 2004:
1. An area of land, and the buildings on it, used for growing crops, rearing animals, etc. (also attributive: farm machinery, farm workers).
2. A place of establishment for breeding a particular type of animal, growing fruit, etc. (fish farm; mink farm). Verb –
1. A transitive use (land) for growing crops, rearing animals, etc.; intransitive be a farminer; work on a farm. 2. Transitive breed (fish, etc.) commercially.
1. A cattle-breeding farm esp. in the western US and Canada
2. A farm where other animals are bred (mink ranch; aquaculture ranch)
1. Intransitive run or work on a ranch.
2. Transitive breed or rear (animals) on or as on a ranch.
3. Transitive use (land) as a ranch.