News Letter Vol 4: #10

(October 2017)

Well, what a crazy season we are having! A bit of rain, freezing evenings and cooking hot days seem to be the norm now. However we must not look at the negative but rather look up to our Lord in Heaven and trust Him to provide the rain and heat units that we need in order to farm successfully.  

Our rainfall for the raining season 01/09/2017 to 31/08/2018 is as follows:-

September 2017 --                   21.0 mm

October 2017 --                        88.0 mm

Total for 2017/18 to date     101.0 mm

We are trust in our Lord Jesus for a very good raining season for the whole country; with our dams filling up, the water table rising and the crops and forage production being top notch this season. 

 

RH Ranching’s Canis Africanis news:-

Our wonderful dogs are doing well and we are blessed with the loyal service that they are giving us and all of our clients that have purchased pups and young dogs from us.

Just a snippet of news our friends the Erasmus family of Naboomspruit in Limpopo, have a litter of pups from a very nice black bitch that the obtained from Lionel Whittle down in Bolo Eastern Cape, the sire of these pups is none other than Beethoven whom we at RH Ranching bred. I am so looking forward to seeing these pups and hopefully getting a really good male pup of this line to replace our greatly missed Semane.

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Just as a matter of interest our neighbours the Viljoen’s who farm across the river from us lost a goat ewe two weeks ago to a crocodile. The ewe had slipped into the water when the flock was drinking at midday. The stockman stretched out towards her and grasped her by the horns. 

 The next second the water erupted, up and outburst a croc that seized the stricken ewe in its jaws and wrenching her from the stockman’s grip it dived back into the deeper water where it proceeded to roll over and over for a minute or so. 

Blood stained the Umgeni River and then slowly the surface subsided to a gentle ripple and that was the end of the ewe. Praise God Almighty that the stockman was not hurt, just very shaken by the close shave he had just experienced. The moral of the story is – Treat all our rivers in KZN with respect, we have crocodiles here! 

I was blessed to receive photos of Wilhelm Willemse’s pups that he purchased from us –

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RH Ranching’s Free Range Chickens:

Our birds are doing very well indeed. The flock’s egg production is nice and steady despite the fact that we set every hen that goes broody on a clutch of between ten to a dozen eggs. This means that a lot of our lovely home bred pullets are coming into lay!

We currently have four hens sitting on clutches and 20 young chicks walking with their mothers as well as a good bunch of 21 young weaned chicks. This is very exciting for me as it shows that we are on the march forward and every little victory counts as one builds a viable operation.

RH Ranching Mbuzi Stud and KZN IVG CLUB News:

Once again the KZN IVG Club had a busy month; my wife Robyn, our son Caleb, Pieter and Estelle Du Plessis and I had the honour of representing the club down in Durban at the 2nd Annual Goat Agribusiness Conference, where the theme was “Mbuzi The Read Deal”.

It was a very well attended with in the region of 250 people attending. Hats off to the organisers; Goats Unlimited as it was a well-run Conference with a tremendous amount of top notch content!  The speakers came from as far afield as Namibia, Limpopo and Butterworth in the Eastern Cape as well as from all over KZN. One of the speakers was KZN IVG Club member Mr Roy Caldecott of Hill and Dale Farm Mooi River. All of the speakers were very good and not only knew their various subjects but were very passionate about the Goat Business.

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The Club then had a very enjoyable and successful Farmers day on the farm “Thurlow” belonging to Sean Chubb in the Mid Illovo area. All told we had thirty seven people attending excluding the kids. We had four topics covered by two speakers and it was all wrapped up by a Wors braai and salads.

RHR Mules and Polo Ponies:

Well a busy month it has been with the moving of two young mule colts (Sorrel & Woodruff ) down from Elandslaagte up in Northern Kwa Zulu Natal to “Merino Walk” in the Cedarville area of East Griqualand to join another of our Mule Colts called Bruno!

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My friend Fritz Nel and I then got down with the staff and gelded all three of the mule colts as well as five very nice horse colts. We thank the Lord Jesus that all of the gelding went off well with no complications and all of the now gelded colts showing signs of a full recovery and a lessening in “Coltish” behaviour.

The two ponies; Khaya and Almond that we have started work on are settling in to their new environment and routine very well. I am extremely pleased with the progress of Khaya and we can see that Almond is starting to respond to the training/schooling regime and she too is making progress.

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On the tack side of our business we are slowly putting together  all of the tack, sticks and riding gear that we need to get a bunch of us from RH Ranching onto the polo field. Slowly – slowly; step by step is how any vision is realised! So it is with those thoughts and our eyes fixed firmly on Jesus that we go forward with each and every of our ventures at RH Ranching.

RH Ranching Livestock Trading:

This month saw us secure and supply five very nicely put together Boer Goat rams (of the Doorn Poort genetic lines) off of severe Heart Water Veld for three clients of ours. Two of these young rams went to FC Rust of Heatonville, a further two went to Kevin Taylor of Mooi River / Middle Rus and the fifth ram went to Pieter Du Plessis of Wartburg.

The feedback that I have received so far was from Kevin Taylor and he said that he is over the moon with his two rams and that they have gone straight into work on a small group of ewes.

Once again thank you to FC, Kevin and Pieter for your business, we as a family really appreciate it. May these rams give you lots of top notch, healthy kids!

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Well that is all for now, have a blessed month ahead and remember the only name that saves is the name of Jesus Christ!

Please do remember that you can contact us directly via email from this website by going to the “Contacts Page” and following the prompts or on these numbers- Hilton 072-372 9065 and Robyn 082-428 6641 we would love to hear from you!

Now my prayer for all of you is that the Lord Jesus Christ will become a reality in your lives and that He will become the Lord of your lives.

Best regards, 

Hilton and Robyn Sanders.

 

News Letter Vol 4: #10

(October 2017)

Well, what a crazy season we are having! A bit of rain, freezing evenings and cooking hot days seem to be the norm now. However we must not look at the negative but rather look up to our Lord in Heaven and trust Him to provide the rain and heat units that we need in order to farm successfully. 

Our rainfall for the raining season 01/09/2017 to 31/08/2018 is as follows:-

September 2017 --                   21.0 mm

October 2017 --                        88.0 mm

Total for 2017/18 to date     101.0 mm

We are trust in our Lord Jesus for a very good raining season for the whole country; with our dams filling up, the water table rising and the crops and forage production being top notch this season.

RH Ranching’s Canis Africanis news:-

Our wonderful dogs are doing well and we are blessed with the loyal service that they are giving us and all of our clients that have purchased pups and young dogs from us.

Just a snippet of news our friends the Erasmus family of Naboomspruit in Limpopo, have a litter of pups from a very nice black bitch that the obtained from Lionel Whittle down in Bolo Eastern Cape, the sire of these pups is none other than Beethoven whom we at RH Ranching bred. I am so looking forward to seeing these pups and hopefully getting a really good male pup of this line to replace our greatly missed Semane.

Pic of bitch and pups

Just as a matter of interest our neighbours the Viljoen’s who farm across the river from us lost a goat ewe two weeks ago to a crocodile. The ewe had slipped into the water when the flock was drinking at midday. The stockman stretched out towards her and grasped her by the horns.

 The next second the water erupted, up and outburst a croc that seized the stricken ewe in its jaws and wrenching her from the stockman’s grip it dived back into the deeper water where it proceeded to roll over and over for a minute or so.

Blood stained the Umgeni River and then slowly the surface subsided to a gentle ripple and that was the end of the ewe. Praise God Almighty that the stockman was not hurt, just very shaken by the close shave he had just experienced. The moral of the story is – Treat all our rivers in KZN with respect, we have crocodiles here!

I was blessed to receive photos of Wilhelm Willemse’s pups that he purchased from us –

Pics of pups

RH Ranching’s Free Range Chickens:

Our birds are doing very well indeed. The flock’s egg production is nice and steady despite the fact that we set every hen that goes broody on a clutch of between ten to a dozen eggs. This means that a lot of our lovely home bred pullets are coming into lay!

We currently have four hens sitting on clutches and 20 young chicks walking with their mothers as well as a good bunch of 21 young weaned chicks. This is very exciting for me as it shows that we are on the march forward and every little victory counts as one builds a viable operation.

RH Ranching Mbuzi Stud and KZN IVG CLUB News:

Once again the KZN IVG Club had a busy month; my wife Robyn, our son Caleb, Pieter and Estelle Du Plessis and I had the honour of representing the club down in Durban at the 2nd Annual Goat Agribusiness Conference, where the theme was “Mbuzi The Read Deal”.

It was a very well attended with in the region of 250 people attending. Hats off to the organisers; Goats Unlimited as it was a well-run Conference with a tremendous amount of top notch content!  The speakers came from as far afield as Namibia, Limpopo and Butterworth in the Eastern Cape as well as from all over KZN. One of the speakers was KZN IVG Club member Mr Roy Caldecott of Hill and Dale Farm Mooi River. All of the speakers were very good and not only knew their various subjects but were very passionate about the Goat Business.

Pics of Dbn Conference

The Club then had a very enjoyable and successful Farmers day on the farm “Thurlow” belonging to Sean Chubb in the Mid Illovo area. All told we had thirty seven people attending excluding the kids. We had four topics covered by two speakers and it was all wrapped up by a Wors braai and salads.

Pics of Farmers day

RHR Mules and Polo Ponies:

Well a busy month it has been with the moving of two young mule colts (Sorrel & Woodruff ) down from Elandslaagte up in Northern Kwa Zulu Natal to “Merino Walk” in the Cedarville area of East Griqualand to join another of our Mule Colts called Bruno!

Pics of Mule Colts

My friend Fritz Nel and I then got down with the staff and gelded all three of the mule colts as well as five very nice horse colts. We thank the Lord Jesus that all of the gelding went off well with no complications and all of the now gelded colts showing signs of a full recovery and a lessening in “Coltish” behaviour.

The two ponies; Khaya and Almond that we have started work on are settling in to their new environment and routine very well. I am extremely pleased with the progress of Khaya and we can see that Almond is starting to respond to the training/schooling regime and she too is making progress.

Pic of Almond

On the tack side of our business we are slowly putting together  all of the tack, sticks and riding gear that we need to get a bunch of us from RH Ranching onto the polo field. Slowly – slowly; step by step is how any vision is realised! So it is with those thoughts and our eyes fixed firmly on Jesus that we go forward with each and every of our ventures at RH Ranching.

RH Ranching Livestock Trading:

This month saw us secure and supply five very nicely put together Boer Goat rams (of the Doorn Poort genetic lines) off of severe Heart Water Veld for three clients of ours. Two of these young rams went to FC Rust of Heatonville, a further two went to Kevin Taylor of Mooi River / Middle Rus and the fifth ram went to Pieter Du Plessis of Wartburg.

The feedback that I have received so far was from Kevin Taylor and he said that he is over the moon with his two rams and that they have gone straight into work on a small group of ewes.

Once again thank you to FC, Kevin and Pieter for your business, we as a family really appreciate it. May these rams give you lots of top notch, healthy kids!

Pics of Goat rams

Well that is all for now, have a blessed month ahead and remember the only name that saves is the name of Jesus Christ!

Please do remember that you can contact us directly via email from this website by going to the “Contacts Page” and following the prompts or on these numbers- Hilton 072-372 9065 and Robyn 082-428 6641 we would love to hear from you!

Now my prayer for all of you is that the Lord Jesus Christ will become a reality in your lives and that He will become the Lord of your lives.

Best regards,

Hilton and Robyn Sanders.