Ranches are areas of land used for raising livestock, usually for meat, dairy products or wool. Crops might also be grown to feed the animals. Ranches are mainly found in the United States and Canada, though the concept originated in Spain. They are associated with cowboys, who drive herds of grazing animals over vast areas of land.
In Australia, the equivalent livestock unit is known as a ‘station’.
The pictures below show ranch life in the American West during the 1930s: