Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A New Ranch Hand

Daniel loves to help around the home. Although he is not yet even crawling he is great at writing on the computer! I don’t know of anyone who can make the computer turn all those colors at once. He is great at making things pop up all over the screen too! This is Daniel’s first blog post.

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Signed,

Baby Blue Eyes (Daniel)”

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Reserve your Goats or Sheep

Kinder KidsGood Evening Everyone!
With winter come many wonderful things. Snow, hot coffee and early mornings in the barn. Another thing that comes with winter is the chance to reserve a Kinder goat. The Kinder goat is a wonderful very docile little breed. They are high milk and meat producers and also love children. If you would like to learn more about the Kinder breed please go to: www.kindergoatbreeders.com
We have one doe for sale and will be taking reservations for a limited amount of time on the spring kids. We will have more kids for sale in the Fall of 2012.
Our prices are:
Call for details on Doe
$175.00 - Kinder Kids

For the first time Covenant Ranch is offering the chance to reserve a spring ramling or wether. We have a wonderful little herd of Katahdin hair sheep that we use for their meat. They are a sweet little herd of sheep and serve their purpose well. With the proper care,  lambs grow to 100 lbs. within 100 days without grain. If you would like to learn more about the Katahdin hair sheep breed you can do so by going to: http://www.katahdins.org/
The Katahdin breed is hardy, has great meat quality, adaptable, no shearing needed, and much more.
Our prices are:
Ewe- $175 (registerable)

Ramling or wether- $125 (non-registerable)

To contact us, use contact information on sidebar. Or email us at covenantranchonline@yahoo.com

Covenant Ranch 2011

 

To God be the glory!

Beth Joy (On behalf of everyone at Covenant Ranch)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

An Autumn Walk

Autumn pathOur family enjoyed the most wonderful Autumn walk today. We went on a couple different trails and enjoyed laughing, running and bounding down the trails as a family.

The light was simply beautiful as it streamed down through the colorful autumn leaves and the bright smiles all the children wore were just as beautiful. I enjoyed every bit of it!

Since we don’t have our camera back from the shop yet I’ll just have to paint the picture for you with my words.

We drove down a long dusty gravel road with brightly colored trees hanging there branches down over us. There was an occasional farm home with a cute barn or cows grazing in a field as we passed by. The car was filled with excitement and each of the children talked of one thing or another that they wanted to do or see. After 5 minutes of this sort of atmosphere we pulled up to a field with a wooden fence around it and a sign that said “Green”

All the children poured out of the car and into the windy and fresh prairie air. They all quickly grabbed their coats and water bottles and headed down the beautiful trail. We stopped to visit a gravesite or two of the settlers that came here and did their best to survive (their story is amazing but I must save it for another day). The path was covered with leaves of every shape color and size. Some were large and round while others were long and pointy. When I looked up, the trees and bushes were colored in some of the most stunning colors. Purples, reds, yellows, greens, browns and many more other colors! As we headed down the trail some of the children raced each other to try and reach the end of the trail at the fastest pace. I played “peek a boo” with sweet Daniel as he cuddled with his momma. The entire walk was simply perfect and I couldn’t have asked for more! Now I sit at home with Daniel resting in my arms. What beautiful day it has been! Thank God for parents that have taught our family to invest in the important things in life (like summer swims in water troughs or autumn walks as a family).

Hopefully we will have our camera back so I can share a few pictures with you but for now, a thousand words will have to do.

Have a blessed day, dear friends!

To God be the glory.

Beth Joy (on behalf of everyone at Covenant Ranch)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Guard Horse Meets Guard Dog

 

Bear VS Miracle colloge

Well, here at Covenant Ranch we have quite a few animals that all like to think themselves the boss’ of the barnyard. The Rooster thinks he owns the barn (little does he know he will be in the soup pot come winter), the geese think they own the land the tread (little do they know they depend a awful lot of on us humans) the rams think they are the biggest, worst thing on the property (little do they realize that the cow is much larger than they), the cow is quite calm but put her with the sheep and she is no longer sweet and patient (a little bit of food quickly fixes this though). The list goes on and on! All the animals would like to think they own Covenant Ranch but the two that really fight for the position of barnyard boss are the horse and the dog (Miracle vs. Bear). This morning I watched as the horse and dog went at it again. Bear chases Miracle a bit, Miracle turns and chases Bear a bit and then they repeat. It is quite funny to see Miracle freeze and be as still as a statue just so he annoys Bear by not running for him or to see Bear lay down flat and sneak up to Miracle. I am quite interested in who will come out as boss or if either one will ever become boss. However, I must say both of these animals are so sweet. They also do a wonderful job guarding the farm. Bear loves to guard “his” farm and protect all the animals and our family but Miracle also loves to guard the cows. Maybe that’s the real reason they fight (because they both want to guard their livestock).

To God be the glory.

Beth Joy

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Seasons are changing…

Leaves of fall

The seasons are changing and so are many other things here on our farm.

The kids are quite rambunctious and are planning their escape routes. Although it means I will have some work to do (picking up knocked over buckets and raking up hay that they have oh so joyfully played in)  I do enjoy them greeting me each morning when I step outside. Soon, many of them will leave to their new homes and I will anxiously await Spring kidding.

The colors of the season are changing ever so slightly which means I will be tilling and preparing our garden very soon. The harvest this year was plentiful and full of memories. We harvested some of our first Kansas watermelons (the past years suffered from many goose attacks but this year we were able to find a solution for that) that were simply delicious! I actually still have a few in the garden that are ripening and one in my fridge waiting to be eaten.

The sheep are all fattening up for winter. We tease that they really are not fat but it is just all the fur making them look “fluffy”. Elisha is excited about being the new care taker for the sheep. His goal for next Spring is to get the lambs to 100 lbs. in less than 3 months. We are all excited to see what the end results will be!

Our new ‘farm hand’, Daniel Justice, is doing quite well and growing steadily. He is such a sweet little brother and dearly loves the outdoors. I will be so delighted when the day comes that he will be able to help me bottle feed kids, milk cows and ride horses. Until then, he happily sits in his mother’s arms.

Until our next porch swing visit…

To God be the glory.

Beth Joy

I could write a book…

I do believe I could write a book about our life here! Something about…

Chasing turkeys?

turkey

Or conversations with my brother as we work together?

Elisha

What about milking goats and picking sunflowers?

sunflower and milk

Yes, I think I shall write about all these things one day. Maybe my next project?

To God be the glory.

Beth Joy (on behalf of everyone at Covenant Ranch)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Spring 2012 Kidding

MozartWe are delighted to share with you that we are now accepting reservations for our Spring 2012 Kidding.

We truly enjoy providing our community with quality livestock and simply sharing what we have learned over the years. If you would like to learn more you can go to: http://www.kindergoatbreeders.com/

If you would like to reserve your Spring, please contact us promptly. We ask that you send a $75.00 non-refundable deposit to the following address with your name, phone number, email, and information on what you are wanting (doeling, buckling, whether, color preferences, etc..):

Covenant Ranch

10630 SW HWY K-4, Topeka, KS 66614.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us. We would love to hear from you.

To God be the glory.

Beth Joy