This week’s Sunday Spotlight is GCH AKM-Farm Carmel 1*M! Carmel’s genetics can be found in 5 of our 14 animals in the herd and she is closely related to the rest! We are so lucky to be able to build such a large portion of our herd off of this beautiful doe. In her early years, she was actually my brother’s doe, but as his interest in goats ebbed, I knew I couldn’t let her go. Truly our doe, Carmel does not take a liking to just about anyone else, especially men. She even lost a Best In Show win because the judge could not give a doe that bit him twice Best in Show.
Surprisingly, even with her success, she does not like the show ring, preferring much rather to stay home instead of getting in the trailer for a show. Because of that, once she finished her championship, she earned her semi-retirement, going only to select shows and letting her herdmates and relatives shine instead. Even with limited showing, she still stood 5th at 8 years old at the ADGA National Show in the very competitive Aged Doe class this year! She also appraised 91 EEEE once again this year!
Carmel is not only a great goat but also a powerful brood doe for our herd. Her daughter King’s Rock Java Chip 2*M just needs one more leg to become a permanent champion and appraised 88 VVVV as a four year old, fourth freshener. Her other daughter King’s Rock High Speed Chase 2*M produced 2220 pounds of milk on her second freshening lactation. Lastly, her youngest daughter King’s Rock 3rd Times A Charm was the 10th place Intermediate Kid at Nationals as well as earned several 1st place wins in her junior doe career. Going one generation or two generations further, we have another one of our up and coming does King’s Rock Double Shot 1*M and we also have several dry does that we are very excited to see freshen this spring or to get them out in the show ring as a dry yearling! When people talk about a doe that has had a great contribution to their herd, Carmel would be ours and we expect she will continue to be for years to come!
Like the majority of our herd, we bred Carmel to King’s Rock Up All Knight who is out of GCH King’s Rock Madison Isabella 2*M and CH Risin’ Creek Wen Khaos Strikes. We love our Striker and Carmel daughter (King’s Rock 3rd Times A Charm) and thought that adding Madison to the cross would only make it better! Both Madison and Carmel are second generation excellent appraising udders and tend to pass on their great traits to their offspring. This is actually one of two crosses (the other is King’s Rock Raindrops on Roses and King’s Rock Up All Knight for a slightly different reason) that helped with my decision to retain Knight! We will be retaining any and all doe kids but buck reservations are available! It actually pains me that my herd is too small and closely related to keep a buck so we will be asking for semen back. Kids will be G6S normal by parentage.