NewLetter #2 - 2015

 News Letter #2:

(February 2015)

A very warm hello from all of us at RH Ranching! It is hard to believe that we are already two months into 2015 and at the end of yet another financial year. Our Lord Jesus has yet again guided and helped us through another financial year. A year that held many obstacles and challenges, yet a year where we can honestly say we saw the mighty hand of God move on our behalf and to Him we are eternally grateful.

It is now two months since my sister Karen Keeton and her boys and fiancée were involved in that horrific car crash late on New years day when on their way to a quiet family dinner out. Every day I thank the Lord Jesus for saving their lives and continuing to hold Karen in the palm of His hand through the last two weeks of this month as she went back in to hospital and had to have her gall bladder out; a direct result of the accident as is her Diabetes, that was brought on by the severe stress and trauma her body was subjected to. Get well soon Karen, we are praying for you lots!!!

Once again the Lord has literally showered His blessings down upon us in the form of good rains this month and for this we are very grateful indeed.

Our rainfall for this raining season (2014/2015) to date is as follows:-
September – 2014 35 mm
October -- 87 mm
November -- 53 mm
December -- 76 mm
January 2015 -- 177 mm
February -- 142 mm
Total for the season so far is 570 mm.

We have had an average precipitation rate of 95 mm / month, for the last six (6) months.

Our heart feels for all of our fellow farmers / ranchers that have not had the wonderful rains that we have had, both here and in Namibia. Our guys are all in our prayers as we petition our Lord in heaven to pour out His mercy and grace upon your parched lands!

Seth and Falcon are well settled into Cedara Agricultural College now and enjoying their course and staying in the hostel. We have two young farmers in the making.

Our eldest son Jesse who finished his studies at Cedara Agricultural College at the end of 2014 has just been offered and has accepted a position with T.T.P. (Treated Timber Products) based close to home at the Cramond plant. We wish him all the best with his new position.

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News Letter #1 - 2015

News Letter #1:
(January 2015)

A very warm hello from all of us at RH Ranching! It is hard to believe that we are already one whole month into this the new year. Well despite all of the problems looming around the world: economic crisis, wars; rumours of war and the un-usual weather patterns in various places on this our planet Earth, we are up beat about this year!

Why? Because the Lord Jesus is still on the throne and nothing can happen to us that love Him, with out it first being filtered through His never ending love.

It is now one month since my sister Karen Keeton and her boys and fiancée were involved in a horrific car crash (not of their doing). I want to thank the Lord Jesus for saving their lives and despite Karen’s terrible injuries we trust in God our heavenly father for her full and speedy recovery.

I am pleased to say that Karen is home and working hard on her long road to recovery. I also want to say a huge thank you to Mom, JP and the boys for being there for her along with all of Karen’s friends as well as the Doctors and hospital staff.

Once again we have been blessed with good rains this month. We had 74 mm in the first 5 days of the month and then we had blistering hot dry windy days for the next three weeks. Not that our goats were moaning about it, they thrive in hot weather. This hot dry weather did however our horse and mule pastures a bit of a clout.

However the Lord heard our prayers and sent lovely refreshing rain on the afternoon of the 27th which stayed with us until the 31st. thus giving us a good mm for the month.

Our rainfall for this raining season (2014/2015) to date is as follows:-
September – 2014 35 mm
October -- 87 mm
November -- 53 mm
December -- 76 mm
January 2015 -- 177 mm
Total for the season so far is 428mm.

Well Seth and Falcon have now started at Cedara Agricultural College along with our friends from Swartberg, Shannon and Steve Gilson’s son Sean, our friends and neighbour’s Eddie and Monica Viljoen’s daughter Anke and the sons of several other families from the Richmond, Dalton and Fawn Leas areas all of whom are friends of our boys. We wish all of you guys a wonderful three years at “Ceds” and trust that you guys will all do well and learn a lot.

RH Ranching Mbuzi Stud news:

On the Mbuzi side of our business I want to kick the year off by sharing with you guys our readers a Blast from the Past – and that is the rams that have left an indelible mark on the quality of the ewes in the flock, along with the really great sons that are now working in our flock. These old boys have all contributed a heap of good genes to our gene-pool and these contributions will be felt for a long time to come.

Blast from the past 1Blast from the past 2Blast from the past 3

“Mkhize”                                                      “Mkhaya”                                                              “Hlatini”

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Newsletter #3

News Letter #3:

(September to November 2014)

Hi there once again to all of our clients, perspective clients, friends and interested readers. I trust that you, your families and livestock are all fit and well.

Hopefully you have had rains that have broken the hard grip of the drought! Whew it was a long, dry and hard winter. Praise God for the rains!

RH Ranching Mbuzi Stud news:

Well all things considered after having just come through a very long, dry and unusually cold winter our stock are looking really top notch! The rains started on the 29th of September and fell for two days!

Our rainfall to date is as follows:-
September – 35 mm
October -- 87 mm
November -- 53 mm
Total for the season so far is 175 mm.

This lovely rain has allowed the veldt to green up very nicely, firstly starting with the grasses and then the various trees and shrubs. The new vegetation has ensured that our ewes have gained condition rapidly, lost their winter coats and are cycling flat out. This in turn has got our stud rams working hard and noisily!

Some of the flock feeding on fresh new shoots

Some of the flock feeding on fresh new shoots!

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Newsletter #4

News Letter #4:

(December 2014)

Well, here we are at the end of yet another year! A year that has seen our Lord Jesus Christ carry us through; in His mercy and grace and to Him we are totally grateful. We as a family and a business have seen the mighty hand of God move on our behalf on many occasions during 2014.

The end of 2014 saw our eldest son Jesse complete his studies at Cedara Agricultural College and the acceptance of both Seth and Falcon to commence their studies at Cedara Agricultural College in January 2015. Once Seth and Falcon complete their studies at the end of 2018, there will be four Cedaraians in the family!

Once again this month the Lord has blessed us with good rains scattered through the month. We have already had 76 mm as of today the 20th of December 2014; this brings us up to a total of 251 mm of rain so far this raining season / spring. I think that we will get some more rain by the end of the month as well. We normally get a storm on Christmas day in the late afternoon.

RH Ranching Mbuzi Stud news:

This month has seen us sell three (3) maiden ewes and a young ram to Mr. Sicelelo Nzama of Wartburg. These are first goats that Mr. Nzama has owned and he is over the moon with the start of his flock. We wish him all the best in the future.

I made two trips into the Msinga area as a consultant to Mr. Justin (Josh) Hackland of Mid-Illovo. Josh was after a bunch of ewes to add to his existing flock of Mbuzis, we did not have any more ewes or maidens available for sale this year so we decided it would be a viable alternative to go into the thorns in search of some foundation ewes.

On our first trip we looked over about 200 ewes and maidens and ended up purchasing a total of seventeen (17) females; comprising of eight (8) ewes and nine (9) maiden ewes all of above average quality.

On our second trip we again looked over in excess of 200 ewes and ended up purchasing a total of fifteen (15) females; comprising of two (2) mature ewes and thirteen (13) maiden ewes all of a very high quality.

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A few of the maiden ewes, that we sourced in Msinga for Josh.

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Newsletter #2

News Letter #2:

(May to August 2014)

Hi there all of you who are reading this the second news letter for 2014. I must apologise for getting this news letter typed and ready to post on the website so late after the end of August it is now nearly the middle of September.

The Lord God Almighty has been very good to us as a family! We are all in good healthy and looking forward to the spring! All of our various ventures are progressing forward and we have had many highlights since the last News Letter at the end of April 2014.

In general it never ceases to amaze me how in life; we never seem to be satisfied with our lot in life no matter at what level we are in society. By this I mean, how often do we stop and take note of the blessings that God has poured out on us in our day to day living. No the norm is to be moan that which we do not have and to long that which someone else has.

When I sat down and started thinking back over all of the things that have transpired here at the RH Ranching and in our personal lives since my last News Letter at the end of April; I realised just how quickly we as humans forget a lot of the good things that God does in our lives and how he comes through for both those that love him and those that hate Him.

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