We are blessed to have a very special buck guest staring in our fall breeding line up. Before he moves out of state Castle Rock Saranghae is hopefully going to be blessing us with some pregnant ladies. The visit is short, so we are praying he can get the job done quickly and pass along those fantastic genetics. He came ready to work - so he isn't looking what I would think of as his best, but the ladies don't seem to mind one bit!
A couple of years ago I flew a buck kid in from Colorado but never got to use him, he died the day we finally got the barn finished in January 2019. I bought him because his sire was out of Castle Rock Sarafina just like Saranghae. Turns out that they were littermates. Such a blessing to get those genetics afterall!
Castle Rock Saranghea
Sire: Castle Rock Moonraker
SS: Castle Rock Cleveland Sage
SD: CH CRF Castle Rock Moon River 3*D EEEE 91
Dam: GCH Castle Rock Sarafina 2*M 2*D EEEE 92
DS: Twin Creeks BW Montego Bay
DD:ARMCH-GCH-PGCH Esperanza WS Sara *M *D 'VG' (89.6)
He is going to be bred to the following four does, and I have included the planning pedigrees. We are hoping to retain several kids from him, but I bought one of his daughters from this year just to hedge my bets. If you are interested in any of these pairings feel free to let me know and we can place you on our free wait list.
Blush, Violet, Moana and Presley are the four does we have selected for him. Moana and Presley are both Castle Rock High Tide daughters that had very nice first freshening udders this year. Blush may have a different herd name but she is a Castle Rock doe out of Guy Noir's littermate. And at the moment Violet has the best udder in the herd and it looks like she will be getting her milk star soon, if the craziness of 2020 doesn't interfere anymore than it already has. Moana has been a big producer, although her udder doesn't collapse as much as her half sister Presley's does. You can tell if she was milked out from across the barn! I have never had a doe who's udder collapsed so much.
The rest of the breeding schedule will be posted towards the end of October after Saranghe has left. Kingfisher is going to have a chance to prove himself this year and is slotted for 4-5 does and Tide may yet get a doe or two before he leaves in the spring.
Finally got half a day of sunshine, just long enough to finally get a little more formal shots then the above picture of Zippy who was grazing her way up the hill. Adults were all clipped a couple of weeks ago, but we just didn't get decent weather and as it was it rained shortly after we finished the buck pictures.
The yearling does were not clipped - and we didn't get formal shots of the 2020 kids. We will be adding a 2020 buckling from Unaqui in Utah and a doeling from GraceRidge in Northern Idaho in the coming weeks. That will make seven 2020 doelings, and I didn't need her... but I just couldn't pass her up.
So scroll through and enjoy the updated pictures!
This year we were blessed with a total of 40 kids in 15 kiddings! We have 3 sets of triplets, 4 sets of twins, one set of quads out of a first freshener to start the season, and one single birth. 18 doe kids and 22 buck kids for a 45% doe ratio
We retained a total of
Our overall herd sized was reduced due to selling several does in milk so we will have 6 experienced does and 3 first fresheners kidding next year.
Every kid born here on the ranch this year has been retained or reserved and we are just waiting on Alex who is due the 14th to kid. If she has a doe kid, the odds are we will be retaining her. Should she have two.... well that has never happened. It is possible we might have 1 or 2 wethers for sale, we shall just have to wait and see.
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We are super stoked about next year, when Tangled Forest BB Kingfisher will get to strut his stuff with the ladies, and we are hoping to bring in some new genetics as well to compliment our tried and true genetics through Castle Rock High Tide.
Let's hear it for the boys!
Last evening after a very hard kidding where every kid was malpositioned and we had the vet on the phone or texting us through most of it Blush produced triplets. First born was the light colored DOE kid who came out tail first and sideways. Followed by the darker buck kid, who came nose first, but who had a hoof over the top of his head. Third born was a very skinny doe kid who was DOA. She looked like she had not gotten her fair share of nutrition.
Blush and her two living kids are doing great and we are intending to retain her doe kid. The buckling will be available as a wether when weaned.
Besides the fact that Blush is a very sweet girl, yesterday was also my daughter's 16th birthday. And if you can't have a birthday party you might as well deliver a long awaited doe kid. Since my daughter's name starts with a 'B' we are naming the doe kid "Blue Blazes" as in "what in the blue blazes is going on here?!" Which is very much what that entire kidding scene felt like.
Blush was the last doe due in April and we have just Alex left to kid in the middle of May.
Dassi presented us with a buck/doe set of twins last night. Both have bright blue eyes and the buckling may have a moonspot or two to go along with some minimal white markings.
The doe kid (standing in front) has quite a bit of white on her. We haven't decided on a name for her yet, but we she is definately a keeper!
With Dassi kidding last night that leaves just Blush who shared a due date with Dassi left to kid in April and we are hoping she will kid today and give us at least one doe kid since it is my daughter's 16th birthday and when your birthday falls during quarantine a keeper doe kid is the best thing going!
After Blush kids we get a bit of a break, as Alex isn't due until the 14th of May. We are hoping she will kid on the 15th as that is my husbands birthday.
Last night Violet finally decided to stop keeping us in suspense and produced twin bucklings. I am disappointed and I didn't get the doe kid I had hoped for, but I am glad her labor and delivery went smoothly.
The black kid has already been spoken for and the unusual looking buckskin boy is evaluated at as a possible herd sire.
We will try this pairing again next year in the hopes that we get our much anticipated doe kid.
There are four does left to kid in April and all of them are due this week!
Day 145 for the lovely Incredible Violet is today and she is bred to Kingfisher. I have been anticipating this kidding since the moment I agreed to purchase Kingfisher a day or two after he was born last year. Any doe kid(s) from this union will be retained.
Tomorrow is day 145 for first freshener Vita Viola and Dassi and Blush are due on Saturday. My guess right now is that best buddies Vita and Dassi will probably go over ) and Blush will kid before Saturday
Blush was a very scared yearling when she joined our herd and was scared of her own shadow for a long time. It took a couple of years of patience but now she is a big love bug and a family favorite. She miscarried two years ago just a few weeks before her due date, so we are very excited to see her carry to term and are looking forward to finally getting to see kids from her. Her sire is a full brother to Tide's maternal grand-sire Castle Rock Guy Noir and next year she will be bred to Tide.
Alex isn't due until the middle of May. We will retain any daughters from her and then she will be retired as she has developed a type of skin cancer and the pregnancy hormones seem to be expediting the growth of it.