In 1998 my husband and I relocated to San Benito, Texas, which is  in deep South Texas of the Rio Grande Valley, close to South Padre Island and the Southern border.   It's hot & humid but the gulf breeze always blows.  
purchase 34 acre where we raise homesteading, smaller animals which are easier on the land and for me to handle.  We now have a simpler,  quieter life.  

KuneKune Piglets  at CD&J Mini Ranch in San Benito, Texas - Aren't they cute?White Ringneck Doves at CD&J Mini Ranch in San Benito, TexasWe raise South Texas Miniature CattleNigerian Dwarf Goats, KuneKune pigs, Buff Ducks,  Bourbon Red Turkeys, Midget White Turkeys, Pilgrim Geese multi-colored egg laying Chickens, Miniature Rex Rabbits, Mediterranean Miniature Donkeys and White Doves.  
 We call our ranch CD&J Mini Ranch, after our family's first name initials:  myself - Cynthia; my husband Dave; and our children: Justin, Crystal & Josh. 

After we added an all weather road, completed the water lines,  added onto the existing barn, partially cleared, fenced and cross fenced the  acres, we added pig houses, larger chicken houses, & a larger goat barn.  We put in a barn for our miniature donkeys and cattle and added an all season milk house, where I make cheese and other delicious and delectable treats. Our most recent project was to remodel and add onto the existing small house that was on the property and make it our own.

We sell all of our animal's offspring including goat kids - bottle babies and weaned; Kunekune piglets, mini rex rabbit kits,  miniature calves and miniature donkeys. 
Oh, and we have lots of chickens, ducks, guineas and eggs...

Miniture Rex Rabbits at CD&J Mini Ranch in San Benito, TexasAt CD&J Mini Ranch, we believe that we are sharecroppers for this great God given land of ours - the United States of America.  We purchased this land from someone who loved this property.  After we care for and nurture our land and animals, someone else will purchase it and with God's help will do the same.
It is important to us to continue promoting  the Homesteading Agriculture market with animals that work well on small farms and ranches, instead of large meat making factories. Our family is committed to producing animals better suited for homesteading pastures, family meals and producing superior offspring.   

I am very  proud to be a part of this ever changing and growing process.
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.


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