In 1998 my husband and I moved  back to San Benito, Texas, after being away for 15 years.  San Benito is in deep South Texas and in the Rio Grande Valley, close to South Padre Island and the Southern border, where the gulf breeze always blows.  That's a good thing too because it is hot & humid here most of the year.
We have
34 acres that we are homesteading. We are raising smaller animals which are easier on the land and for us to handle.    

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, TexasRight now we raise  Miniature CattleNigerian Dwarf Goats, KuneKune pigs, Buff Ducks,  Pilgrim Geese,Bourbon Red Turkeys, Midget White Turkeys, a variety of  Chicken breeds, Miniature Rex Rabbits, Pheasants, Mediterranean Miniature Donkeys and White Doves.  
 We call our homestead ranch CD&J Mini Ranch, after our family's first name initials:  myself - Cynthia; my husband Dave; and our children: Justin, Crystal , Josh & Jason.

After we added an all weather road, completed the water lines,  added onto the existing barn, partially cleared, fenced and cross fenced the  acreage, we added pig houses, larger chicken houses, & a larger goat barn.  We put in a barn & corrals for our miniature donkeys & 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.  Now it's our home.

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, turkeys,  geese, 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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