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

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

FOR SALE: Sheep and goats

We have some livestock for sale. All are beautiful and have great conformation. Please contact us at (785) 633-3152 if you are interested.

First, we have Honor. A sweet 2011 Summer buckling. He has wonderful bloodlines and would be great for breeding. Price: $175

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(This picture was taken the day of this birth, he is now 2 1/2 months old and has filled out and been disbudded)

Next we have Acrobat (born march 16th). He is quite a lively fellow and has some beautiful colors. His mother was a great milk producer and his father throws beautiful kids. Price: $250

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Now we have a cute little fellow here. His name is Elliot. He is a great little whether and is great with children. He loves to play and romp around the pasture. We use him as a companion whether and would like to see him go to a good home. Price: $175

Picture coming soon…

 

And Last but certainly not least. Her name is Late’ and is a Katahdin hair sheep.  Very gentle and gives nice lambs every spring. Price: $175

(one of our Katahdin hair sheep)

If you have any questions please feel free to use our contact us page. We would be delighted to help you!

To God be the glory.

Beth Joy (on behalf of everyone at Covenant Ranch)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Preparing for Fall

036Fall is right around the corner and with it come beautiful colors, harvesting from the garden, and many fun memories. We prepare for each season differently. In Spring, we prepare for new kids and lambs along with the possibility of flooding. We normally muck out the barn during this time of year too. We also talk with all of our customers that have reserved livestock and make sure they are prepared. In Summer, we prepare for the extreme heats. We make sure all of our water troughs are clean and ready for use again.  We make sure all the animals are healthy, bright eyes and bushy tailed. We also check each of our herds and see if there are any we should cull out. And now we come to fall… one of the most beautiful times of year but not lacking in work either.

When someone mentions fall many memories come to remembrance.. Jumping in leaves and water puddles, planning, and sore aching muscles that tell of a day’s hard work. Today, I would like to share with you how my family prepares for fall.

1st. Clean out the barn… We clean the barn from top to bottom. making sure that each of the animals will have a cozy place to sleep. We must wash the shelves, dust the equipment, and make sure that everything will be tucked away safely until it is needed again.

2nd. Downsize…If there are any tools that we are not using we either put them on craigslist or give them away. If there is extra livestock that is not needed, or not useful for our farm we post them for sale…we go through every part of our barn (and home) and make sure we are not keeping any unneeded “treasures”.

3rd. Check Feed Supply…We enjoy seeing our animals happily feast through the fall and winter months. In order for them to eat well and stay healthy we must plan ahead. We talk to our local feed suppliers about the quality of the feed and if we should purchase more. There have been times we have been unable to pick up feed because of snow or flooding so this is something that is very important!

4th. Repair… We use this time of year to repair any stalls that may need a little updating, fences that animals maybe have broke through, or equipment before putting it away.

5th. Plant Fall Garden…I just love our fall garden! The fresh salads, delicious vegetables and so many other wonderful garden gifts. We will plan and plant our garden in the Spring and Fall.

6th. Decide what animals to breed…I like this part of the year because I get to be a little match maker. I get to decide which bucks and rams to breed to which does and ewes. I first decide off of conformation, then color, and then personalities.. this is the way it normally works, “he has the colors and markings but that one has the conformation and what he is lacking in color the doe makes up for..hmm” ect.

So that is most of what our family does to prepare for fall. We would love to hear what you do for your farm! If you have any questions or suggestion feel free to comment or email us through our “Contact us” on the sidebar.

To God be the glory.

Beth Joy (on behalf of everyone at Covenant Ranch)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

A Goat Named Grace…

Recently, we had some kids born. It was some twins(a little doeling and a little buckling). The mother liked the first born buckling the best through and decided to stomp on little grace (weighing in at 3 lbs.) and the adoptive mother decided Grace wasn’t very good either so she kicked her across the birthing pen. I (beth), on the other hand was quite silly that day and was enjoying spending time loving on Grace. So, Elisha (the main caretaker of the goats) had a choice that day, he could put Grace with the neglectful mother, the overly aggressive adoptive mother or the slightly loony adoptive mother (just kidding but he did decide to let me take care of Grace).

Grace (the little doeling), was taken into our laundry room and given very careful care. Grace started growing and became quite a lovely little doeling. She is only 3 weeks old, but she thinks she can conquer the world and also thinks she is a human and belongs in the house.

Matthew and Gracie had a wonderful day of play this week. They enjoyed playing “tag” and learning to jump (most kids learn to jump at about three days of age).

Here  are some pictures of their “play day”. matty and grace

matty and grace 1

grace and matty 3

That’s the end of this adventure…

Until our next chat…

Beth Joy (on behalf of everyone at Covenant Ranch)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Beat the Heat with Lavender Lemonade

Lavender1This is a truly wonderful recipe! It is one of our family’s favorite recipes. I hope you all enjoy!

Lavender Lemonade

8 cups of water

1/4th dried lavender flowers

3/4th cup dried Lemon Balm leaves

1/4th cup dried Peppermint leaves

In a glass or stainless steel pot, bring 8 cups of water to a boil: turn off heat. Add the dry herbs and cover tightly. Let stand 8 hours or overnight; refrigerate when cool. Strain.

Zest of three lemons

2 ½ cup water

Remove zest of three lemons with a paring knife. Chop coarsely and combine with water in saucepan. Cover and simmer 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool until lukewarm. Then add:

1 tsp. Stevia Powder

1/4th cup Agave syrup or honey, plus ½ cup water

1 1/4th cup of fresh lemon juice

This will make the lemonade base. Adjust sweeteners to taste. To serve combine equal parts of herb tea with the sweetened lemon base. Add more water . Chill and serve in glasses or punch bowl with edible flowers in ice cubes. Garnish with lemon slices. Can be stored in refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Until our next chat…

Beth Joy

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Artichoke Spinach Dip

artichoke dipOne of my favorite dips that my grandma makes for me is artichoke spinach dip. I often hear people complain about artichokes or spinach but I think that they just don’t realize what they are missing out on!

I decided to make artichoke spinach dip to go along with lunch. I found a recipe, thought it sounded good, didn’t like all their ingredients so I threw that out the window and made up my own  (that is the way I come up with most of my recipes).

Artichoke Spinach Dip:

1 cup grated Raw milk Cheddar cheese (#CH063)

1 pkg. thawed spinach (#FG453)

24 oz. canned artichoke heart (#GY686)

3 cloves of minced garlic (#QP324)

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated finely (#CH028)

1/2 Mozzarella cheese (#CH185)

1/2 tsp. Salt (#BP064)

1/2 tsp. Pepper (#HS263)

Now your going to love this… Simply mix together all your grated chesses, garlic… and everything else and pop in the oven at 400 for 20-25 minutes or until all the cheeses are melted down nicely. I love this dip on pretty much anything but tortilla chips (#SN156) or veggies are perfect for this!

I hope you all enjoy this as much as my family did!

Until my next kitchen creation…

Beth Joy

Monday, August 8, 2011

Milk Time…

Morning milk time at Covenant ranch.

The cats and kittens are waiting anxiously….

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The milk jars are ready and cleaned…

milk jars

Liberty, waiting so patiently…

liberty milktime

Yummy milk…

milking

All done… Smile

goats milk

To God be the glory…

The Wood Family

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Covenant Ranch Feed Recipes

047 (2)Here at Covenant Ranch, we try our best to give our animals quality feed. We try our best to avoid anything already packaged and have all our grain and feed mixtures mixed at a local mill. We enjoy seeing our animals thrive and grow. It gives us something to be proud when after all our hard work we see animals with shinny coats, bright eyes and bushy tails.

I would like to share with you our family’s recipe.

Dairy Feed: (This Goes to all our dairy animals, including the males)

Corn Chop medium 0.82 Cwt.

Alfalfa pellets 0.82 Cwt.

Oats 0.82 Cwt.

Kelp meal dried 10 Lbs.

Linseed Meal 10 Lbs.

Peas, Maple 10 Lbs.

Sunflower black 10 Lbs.

Liquid Molasses 15 Lbs.

ADE- 1.5 Lbs

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We are always changing our recipe as we learn more and other grains become available. I would encourage you to look into what you have available in your area and decide what grain recipes would be best for your livestock.

To God be the glory.

Beth Joy (on behalf of everyone at Covenant Ranch)

Friday, August 5, 2011

All in a Days Work…

The boys worked diligently in the barn. Moving hay, fixing mowers, and repairing old tools. It was a long day but full of fun.

papa and fire Papa started a burn pile for us. It made getting rid of a lot of stuff easier.

Elisha workingThe boys work so hard!

zeke sillyZeke showing off for the camera.

violin haybalesAnd I had the job of keeping everyone entertained. It was quite a fun job!

burn pile boys

Have a great day, everyone!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Take Your Boots Off

Papa made this sign for our farm. We have the slightest tendency to bring muddy boots onto the clean carpet so he thought this might remind us. I think he did a wonderful job!

no shoes please

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

2011 Lambs and Kids

Last month marked the end of kid and lambing season. Every year we learn more and this year was no exception. We decided to ‘experiment’ and breed some of our goats and sheep for spring and some for summer. The spring kids were much large and perky than the summer kids. I do enjoy the benefits of having milk year round though so we are going to play around with this some more in the following years.

Please Welcome the new barn additions.

Grace O'mally

Grace O’malley and her brother Honor. Kinder Kids

Victory and Beth.

Beth and Victory

And the sweet little lambs.

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And that is the end of kidding and lambing season at Covenant Ranch. Keep a eye out on our Livestock page for the upcoming sales.

To God be the glory.

Beth Joy (on behalf of everyone at Covenant Ranch)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Cherry Blessings

With cherries at the peak of their season and Azure picking 5000 lbs. a day, I decided to start using them! Tonight, we made a delicious cherry pie made from organic cherries and whole ingredients. This was actually my first time using almond flour and I really like the way it looks so far. We are enjoying reaping the blessings of these cherries. We have enjoyed sharing them too!

Here are some  pictures.

Cherry Pie

Our sunny little Rainer cherries! Sunny Cherry

The delicious Bing cherries! They also have the nasty habit of disappearing…

Bing Cherry

 

To God be the glory.

Until our next chat….

Beth Joy

Friday, July 29, 2011

22 Days to go...

Jed and Miranda's wedding is slowly sneaking up on us... and so, the countdown begins!





















I am excited to see all the finishing pieces fall together!























Their wedding will be in the back yard with wildflowers and many more country decorations.







































Have a blessed week!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Timothy and his Honeybee's

Timmy harvested his honey for the first time this year, and his honey is truly delicious!!! I am enjoying using it in our family recipes. Try home-harvested honey in your tea, or but a few Tsp. in your bread dough. So good you'll faint in delirious happiness... I look forward to next year when he harvest again.






































I hope you all have a blessed night!

Covenant Ranch's Sweet Victory and Farm Life

This is has been full of activity and we still have 5 more months until the new year. Who knows what the months ahead of us will hold?!

Yesterday, we had yet another surprise. Our kind little Kinder, Patience, had one beautiful doeling. This little doeling, only a day old, already has her home. She has just been a little darling for our family and I am sure she will bring much delight to her new owners.

We try to give each of our registered livestock names with meaning (all of our unregistered animals are normally on their way to the freezer). This little darling has earned the name of Sweet Victory.

I hope you have a Blessed night!