Sunday Spotlight

Sunday Spotlight: King's Rock Double Shot 1*M

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I am so happy to be able to publish this Sunday Spotlight because it means that Double Shot is confirmed bred! During her ultrasound, we were unable to find any kids but her blood work confirmed that she is expecting! The thought of not having this doe on our show string or contributing to our milk supply was not something I was looking forward to entertaining this year.

Sire: GCH Fox's Pride LFR Expresso +B

Sire: GCH Fox's Pride LFR Expresso +B

Double Shot is our favorite example of line breeding done right! At 26.58% inbred, she showcases such a refined power and elegance and is a real tribute to her sire (and grandsire) GCH Fox's Pride LFR Expresso +B.  She has two legs towards her championship, earning her restricted leg at the NJ State Fair as a dry yearling and her second leg at the 2016 Dutchess County Fair, beating her aunt Java Chip for Grand Champion!  

 

In the fall of 2015, Double Shot fell seriously ill and we almost lost her.  As she recovered, she was so frail that we debated breeding her for 2016.  However, she regained her condition back and she was bred to CH Risin' Creek Wen Khaos Strikes.  This was a repeat breeding that resulted in King's Rock She's Something (AKA Poppy) who is one of (if not my best) 2016 doe kid.  She's Something was the 2016 ADGA Nationals 8th Place Intermediate Kid and won numerous Reserve Grand Champion ribbons in 2016.  Double Shot also went on to be one of our highest producing milkers, producing 1940 pounds of milk in 231 days! Her appraisal was not too shabby either, scoring 85 VV++ as a 3 year old, 2nd freshener with excellent scores in rump and rear legs! Like any typical King's Rock doe, she will only improve with age, adding more depth of body while still standing on great feet and legs!  I think 2017 and 2018 are going to be her break through years and have high hopes for her! 

King's Rock She's Something, pictured at 4 months old

King's Rock She's Something, pictured at 4 months old

Double Shot as a kid

Double Shot as a kid

Double Shot, 3 year old, 2nd freshener

Double Shot, 3 year old, 2nd freshener

Double Shot, dry yearling

Double Shot, dry yearling

While Double Shot herself is no doubt a great doe, I think her greatest contribution to our herd is and will be her offspring! They are born STUNNING, and oh so correct!  If I could have a herd full of does like her daughter, I would be as happy as can be.  Her 2015 son is hard at work at a local dairy.  I just saw him the other day and even in rut, he is as big as their older Saanen buck and looks great!  He is really wide and even as a two year old, is already showing great body capacity.  

For 2017, we have bred Double Shot to King's Rock Up All Knight.  With the Knight and Double Shot babies, we are expecting very similar kids to her other kiddings but with the addition of Madison's genetics! This should add some body capacity and also bring an excellent appraising udder into the pedigree while maintaining the width and size that she has!  Her first doe kid is staying at King's Rock but a 2nd doe kid reservation is available as well as 1st choice buck reservation.  

Dam: King's Rock Carmel Macchiato

Dam: King's Rock Carmel Macchiato

Dam: King's Rock Carmel Macchiato

Dam: King's Rock Carmel Macchiato

Sunday Spotlight: King's Rock Betwix N Between 1*M

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Happy New Year everyone! As we welcome in the new year, we will be spotlighting our doe King's Rock Betwix N Between 1*M  (LA: 07-04 VVEV).  Twix rejoined our herd in the late summer of 2015 and we are so happy that she did.  We sold her as a two year old first freshener to start a 4-Her's herd and always regretted doing so.  When the opportunity arose to bring her back to King's Rock, we jumped at it!

Twix's 2016 lactation

Twix's 2016 lactation

Twix arrived dry to us in 2015, so 2016 was the first year we were able to get her out to shows (much to her chagrin), get her appraised and on milk test.  She appraised 89 VVEV as a 7 year old, scoring excellent in body capacity and rump!       During her lactation, she was one of our strongest producers, peaking at 11.9 pounds of milk.  She was in milk for 207 days and had a lactation of 1850 pounds, easily earning her milk star and double qualifying by surpassing the standards in both milk production poundage and also in the amount of butterfat produced.  We got her out to a few shows, with the highlight of her show season being her 10th placing at Nationals in the Aged Doe class as well as being a part of the the 6th place Produce of Dam with her half sister GCH AKM-Farm Carmel 1*M.   

Twix and Carmel, the 6th place produce of dam at the 2016 Nationals (this photo was taken at the Big E in October)

Twix and Carmel, the 6th place produce of dam at the 2016 Nationals (this photo was taken at the Big E in October)

Maternally, Twix has been one of our most influential brood does in our herd.  She is the dam to our 2011 ADGA Nationals 1st place Junior Kid, King's Rock Pipin' Hot 2*M as well as two lovely 2016 kids out of CH Risin' Creek Wen Khaos Strikes, King's Rock Pomp&Circumstance and King's Rock PuzzledNPerplexed.  Pomp&Circumstance was the 2016 7th place Junior Doe and PuzzledNPerplexed was the 9th place Junior Doe at the 2016 ADGA Nationals.  We are expecting great things from our two young does and expect them to be show stoppers once they freshen!

King's Rock Pomp&Circumstance

King's Rock Pomp&Circumstance

King's Rock PuzzledNPerplexed

King's Rock PuzzledNPerplexed

King's Rock Pipin' Hot 2*M

King's Rock Pipin' Hot 2*M

Twix is once again bred to GCH Fox's Pride LFR Expresso +B for early April kids.  While we had originally planned to AI Twix this year, we are actually really excited that the breeding did not take and we were able to breed her live to Expresso!  These kids will be full siblings to Pipin' Hot and we are so excited for the chance to possibly add another doe like her to our herd, especially since we lost her too soon! Our ultrasound confirmed Twix is pregnant with multiples.  We will be keeping the first doe, but 2nd doe reservations and buck reservations are available.  If these kids are anything like the other kids Twix has produced they will be correct, large bodied, powerful animals with a strong drive to milk! 

Sunday Spotlight Doe: King's Rock EX Amata Isabella 3*M

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Ok, so I realize it is Monday but with Christmas yesterday, I thought it would be better to push our Sunday Spotlight off a day!  Our second Sunday Spotlight to be featured is our soon to be three-year-old second freshener King’s Rock EX Amata Isabella 3*M LA: 02-03 87 VVVV! 


Amata had a very successful 2016.  She was our last doe to kid and our first doe to dry up but she showed what she was made of this year!  At Nationals, in one of the biggest classes of the day, Amata was 15th place two-year-old.  She also went on to be the 1st place two-year-old at the Dutchess County Fair and the 2nd place two-year-old at the Big E!  

She excelled in the ADGA performance programs as well, earning an appraisal score of 87 VVVV this year.  She went excellent in feet and very good in many categories of the score card.  Even though she was only lactating 192 days, she produced 1450 pounds of milk, peaking at 9.2 pounds and consistently putting milk in the pail each test.  She earned her star through her high butterfat production and during her lactation she produced 73 pounds of butterfat! In fact, her lowest butterfat percentage was still 4.2%!!      

Dam: GCH King's Rock Madison Isabella 2*M

Dam: GCH King's Rock Madison Isabella 2*M

Amata is a cross between two of our herd stars, GCH Madison 2*M LA: 88 VVVE and GCH Expresso +B  LA: 92 EEE.  She already exhibits great characteristics from each and is maturing nicely.  She is an all-around nice doe and we suspect she will be truly spectacular in a few years.  Her udder is nice and tight to her body with great foreudder extension and also a very strong medial suspensory ligament.  When milked, she milks down to nothing and her udder just collapses! She stands on great feet and has a great display of dairyness while still being a powerful animal.  

Like Mother....

Like Mother....

...like daughter!

...like daughter!

Both Madison and Expresso earned their championships this year.  Madison finished her’s at her first show of the season and Expresso had a great year too, going undefeated in his class with a show record of 8x 1st place, Grand Champion 5x, Reserve Champion 3x and Best Buck in Show 1x!  Madison placed 19th as a four-year-old at the 2016 National Show and went on to be Best of Breed and Best Udder at the Dutchess County Fair this year! 


Amata is bred to her maternal half-brother, King’s Rock Up All Knight and due April 1st! During his one show of 2016, Knight was twice Grand Champion Junior Buck and two times 3rd place 6-12-month-old AOP buck at just over 6 months old! He is a really correct buck, standing on powerful legs and has the height and length that his father was known for!  Hopefully, he passes on that height and length to these kids as well! 

Amata at the 2016 Big E!

Amata at the 2016 Big E!

These kids may be due April 1st but there is no joke that they will be nice kids. They will be 13.27% inbred, with one of our strongest does, GCH King’s Rock Madison Isabella 2*M being their top contributor at 6.28%.  This is a breeding that places a great emphasis on her excellent appraising udder as well as concentrates the genetics of our two great herdsires GCH Fox’s Pride LFR Expresso +B and CH Risin’ Creek Wen Khaos Strikes.  We cannot wait to see them! Reservations are available for both buck and doe kids from her breeding to Knight!  For more information, check out our For Sale page.