Master’s Ranch and Christian Academy runs a fully operational farm. We have seen the value of connecting kids to animals — some call it “animal therapy.” Teens learn responsibility as they care for an animal that needs them. Animals also help connect the boy emotionally, reflect the boy’s moods and temperaments, and erase any streaks of cruelty that may have developed. Boys at the ranch gain these benefits through therapy with horses, cows, pigs, chickens and dogs.
All of the boys also have regular ranch chores, such as milking cows, just as they have regular chores in the dorm and the kitchen. Boys also have the privilege of signing up for extra learning experiences on the farm.
Agriculture at the Master’s Ranch also has a vocational side. We farm and sell hay from our property. We raise and butcher pigs. In our dog kennel boys will raise, breed and train pedigree dogs for sale. We run a full-service cattle operation, including dairy and beef. We own several pedigree bulls and breed our own cattle on the farm. We are also expanding into unusual breeds, such as the Belgian Blue bull and the Mangalitsa or wooly pig.
These activities give boys unique experiences that not only teach them valuable lessons now, but that they can take with them in the future. As they learn to work hard and gain a sense of accomplishment, their attitudes improve. They feel better about themselves. They build muscle and build confidence. They sleep well at night, and problems with ADD or ADHD fade away. Every victory is one step closer to manhood.