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?


Or conversations with my brother as we work together?


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:

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


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)