You know that we are called the Arkansas SHERIFFS’ Youth Ranches because we were founded by the sheriffs. But have you ever wondered why the word RANCHES is in our name?
One aspect that makes our program different from any other in the state is the fact that we are a real working ranch. At our Batesville campus, our Ranch boys and girls are helping raise a registered Hereford beef herd. The boys and girls love being able to work with these gentle cows, and raising cattle is also giving them educational, real world experience. It teaches discipline, responsibility, safety, respect for animals, and the importance of an honest day’s work. We also provide healthy meals to our Ranchers using our 100% grass-fed beef!
As you can see, our cattle program plays an incredibly important role in the Ranches’ mission. It allows the ASYR to be more self-sustaining to provide food for our children, but it also creates additional revenue from the sale of our cattle and beef products that we invest back into our mission.
Right now, the ASYR cattle program is in desperate need of a new hay barn. With our registered Hereford herd almost doubling in size over the last two years, we need more storage for hay. Our cows have plenty of pastures to graze during the warmer months. But during the harsh winter months, we rely on hay that we cut in our pastures to supplement our cows’ diet. We need to build a new covered barn to keep our hay out of the weather and fresh for our cows.
But to raise a new barn, we need YOUR help!
Because the ASYR is almost entirely funded through donations, every new project at the Ranches are funded by support from friends like YOU.
The cost for a new hay barn is $15,000, and once the funds are raised, our builders can have a new barn raised in two days! YOU can help us meet this urgent need by supporting our Barn Raising campaign by clicking here.
YOU make a difference in the lives of the boys and girls who call the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches “home.” YOU can help us raise a barn to meet this urgent need and strengthen the Ranches’ life-changing program. Please consider a gift today.