In 1998 my husband and I moved  back to San Benito, Texas, after being away for 20 years serving in the military.  San Benito is in deep South Texas of the Rio Grande Valley, close to South Padre Island and the Southern border, where the gulf breeze always blows.  
We have
34 acres that we homestead.
We want to share our experience from city life to country living by providing an  educational experience for all that come to our Mini Ranch, (it will also be fun).  I want to educate adults and children who have or want to eventually have small pieces of land outside the city limits, where they can raise just a few animals and be more self-sufficient. I have found for me that the smaller animals work best because I have no problems handling them, they are much easier on the land, and my fences hold them in.  I have never had one of my mini cows push over our fence like the neighboring huge cows do.  

KuneKune Piglets  at CD&J Mini Ranch in San Benito, Texas - Aren't they cute?Right now we raise  Miniature Cattle,  Nigerian 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 Guardian Dogs.  
White Ringneck Doves at CD&J Mini Ranch in San Benito, Texas We call our homestead
CD&J Mini Ranch, after our family's first name initials:  myself - Cynthia; my husband Dave; and our children:       
Justin, Jason, Crystal & Joshua.

When we bought our property it had an unfinished fishing hut on it and nothing else. After we added an all weather road, completed the water lines,  added the barn, partially cleared, fenced and did some cross fencing, 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 soap, cheese and some delicious and delectable treats, which I will be teaching others to do.  
Our most recent project was to purchase the land adjacent to our Mini Ranch, remodel & enlarge the tiny house that was on the property, and now it's our CD&J Ranch House.

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


DISCLAIMER - Please do not duplicate the contents of this website without express written permission from Cynthia A. Cook, CD&J Mini Ranch Owner.  - DISCLAIMER
Website Builder provided by  Vistaprint