King's Rock Sunday Spotlight: Paradiso Moonshyne

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It's going to be a "Super Blue Blood Moon" on Wednesday, so in celebration, this Sunday Spotlight just had to be our own Moon, Paradiso Moonshyne! Our experimental "Snubian" is the first doe we have added to our herd in years.  While she may not carry our herdname, her dam is King's Rock Betwix N Between 1*M.  Even though we have never worked with experimental before (or owned anything other than Nubians), it was a no-brainer to add her to our herd.  Not only is she from our maternal line, she is the daughter of Aspen-Hill's Rain-Beau and paternal half-sister to the 2016 Saanen National Champion and Best Udder Araby-Farm AHRB Just-Tina (and a whole lot more exciting Saanen does in the Araby herd).

Moon came to us dry in the summer of 2017.  She is easily the largest doe in our herd, and is a well put together doe! She is wide throughout, has a very level topline and the most amazing rump.  In fact, my favorite thing about her is watching her move naturally about.  She just oozes strength, grace, and power.  It was a total adjustment to have her new personality in the herd. She is much more content to wait for you than any of my other girls (though she gets a little excited when food comes her way).

2018 is going to be a big year for Moon.  We are anxiously awaiting her freshening to see her udder.  The combination of genetics between Twix and Rain-Beau should mean that there will be quite an udder there! Twix scored Very Good in mammary system the only time she was appraised, at age 7.  And Rain-Beau has had many of his daughters appraise Excellent in Mammary.  Plus the combination of milk behind her!  Expect to see her out in the show ring too!  We will be able to add to those Recorded Grade entry numbers this year.  

Moon is bred to King's Rock Up All Knight.  If I have enough space, I will be retaining at least one doe kid! They will hopefully make quite nice 75% Nubian, 25% Saanen kids!  Contact us for more information about a reservation from her or the availability of other King's Rock kids.

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King's Rock Sunday Spotlight: GCH King's Rock Madison Isabella 2*M

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Technically it's Monday, but I chose a nap (and a bit of binge-watching) over posting yesterday. This week's spotlight is a special doe for our herd, GCH King's Rock Madison Isabella 2*M.  Madison is the current matriarch of the Isabella line in our herd and the daughter of our first doe AKM-Farm Alexandra Isabella 1*M. She is also the dam of our homebred herdsire King's Rock Up All Knight and our top milker King's Rock EX Amata Isabella 3*M.  While our Isabella line does not have much representation in our herd currently, we are really happy with what we have (and what we are hoping to have in 2018).

Madison, age 5, earned a permanent appraisal score of 89 VEEE this year.  She appraised Excellent in mammary again, as well as Excellent in Dairy Strength, and Body Capacity. I love her mammary system, especially her fore udder extension and blending.  Not to mention she has one of the highest and widest rear arches in our herd! She enjoyed the semi-retired life this year, as she earned her permanent championship last year at four.  During her 2017 lactation, she produced over 1820 pounds.  

As far as offspring, we currently have her oldest daughter King's Rock EX Amata Isabella 3*M, and her 2016 son, King's Rock Up All Knight.  We also have her up and coming granddaughters King's Rock S Hazel Isabella and King's Rock Knight Time Confit as well.  Amata has already produced 3230 pounds of milk at 271 days this year.  We left Amata home most of the show season, but at her one show out, she still managed to win Reserve Grand Champion at the Dutchess County Fair behind herdmate, GCH King's Rock Java Chip 2*M, with 45 Nubians in the show.  One of Madison's  granddaughters, King's Rock Knight Time Confit, will be a dry yearling in 2018, and we can't wait to get her back in the ring! Her late April birthdate often made her the youngest in her class, she did go on to be the Reserve Champion Junior Doe at the 2017 Dutchess County Fair this year.  Her other granddaughter in the herd, King's Rock S Hazel Isabella will be freshening this year and we are hoping for an udder like her grandma!  Half the time we have to do a double take in the pen because Hazel resembles her granddam a lot so it's only fitting that that udder comes with that resemblance (Fingers crossed).

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Madison is confirmed bred to Fox's Pride KPC Get Your Wings for late March babies and I am so excited about them! The first doe kid (at least, I am trying to not be greedy) will stay in our herd.  This breeding should result in large and very stylish kids, combining some great genetics and playing off of each animals strengths and weaknesses.  Originally, we had plans to AI Madison this year, but when we purchased GW, those plans went out the window really fast because we wanted kids out of this cross! Think pink for me! The kids will be G6S normal by parentage.  And if anyone is interested in kids from this breeding, contact us for more information! 

King's Rock Sunday Spotlight 2018: Dam and Daughter Edition

It’s a dam and daughter King’s Rock Sunday Spotlight tonight! Today’s feature is King’s Rock Double Shot 1*M and her 2016 daughter King’s Rock She’s Something. With Double Shot being in milk and her coming two-year-old daughter She’s Something about to freshen, we are very excited about this dam and daughter pair in our herd!

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Double Shot was dry in 2017, taking a year off, much to my chagrin (and hers once she learned that dry goats DO NOT get grain).  It hurt to not have her on our show string and her milk in our pail.  So she stayed in the barn and looked amazing, gaining a lot of maturity between 2016 and 2017, and really changing from an immature young doe to a well put together animal.  I cannot wait for what 2018 will bring for her,  to get her back into the ring, on milk test and appraised.  Hopefully, she will be able to earn her third championship leg this year as well.  And I think she cannot wait to be back to twice daily milkings (simply for the grain of course).  During her last lactation (2016, 2nd freshening), she produced 2120 pounds in 231 days with 102 pounds of butterfat and 77 pounds of protein. She was the Grand Champion Nubian at the 2016 Dutchess County Fair as well.  

Another one of the pains of Double Shot being dry is that I did not get any 2017 kids from her.  She is a great "brood" doe, consistently producing great kids, including my favorite dry yearling, King's Rock She's Something.  Something (or Poppy here) won her dry leg at her first show of the season and then was Grand Champion Junior Doe at the 2017 Dutchess County Fair.  She placed 8th as an Intermediate Kid at the 2016 ADGA Nationals.  She moves with such a grace and elegance (when she is not dancing) and has the sweetest personality too.  She really is Something! I am very anxiously awaiting her first freshening udder this spring.  After seeing her paternal half sisters, Charm and Puzzle, freshen this year, I am excited to see what CH Risin' Creek Wen Khaos Strikes does in the mammary department.  

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Double Shot has been confirmed bred to King's Rock Up All Knight, our herdsire out of GCH King's Rock Madison Isabella 2*M and CH Risin' Creek Wen Khaos Strikes. It's a close breeding to what produced Poppy, but it also adds in Madison, who has appraised Excellent in Mammary the three times she was appraised and rejoins the two branches of our doe line.  Between the two does, there is also a great will to milk.  Madison's daughter Amata Isabella (and Double Shot's paternal sister) has already produced 3230 pounds in her current lactation.  Her kids will be G6S normal and either Alpha Casein A/B or Alpha Casein B/B.  Both doe and buck reservations are available on Double Shot's 2018 kids.  

She's Something has been confirmed bred to Fox's Pride KPC Get Your Wings.  If these kids even take after one of their parents, they will be really special.  Both dam and sire have a great elegance and style, and adding in GW's strong length of bone to the mix with Something's smoothness of blending and width, should create some potentially great kids.   Kids will be G6S normal and Alpha Casein B/B.  Something's doe reservations are full and buck kids will be offered for sale after we evaluate her mammary system.