CRF Castle Rock Guy Noir +B +S|
Sire: Twin Creeks BW Montego Bay ++*S ++*B
Sometimes I break my own rules. When Guy Noir's dam was a first freshener she had an amazing udder for a first freshener, and having seen how well her dam's udder held up over the years, I decided to keep this guy intact. Since then, she has continued to freshen with an incredibly high, wide udder and is such a pleasure to milk too with very nicely sized teats that have very open orifices, and I've been quite happy with my decision to keep Guy as a buck. I am pleased with how he is looking-- he's got smoothness of blending, a very wide, open escutcheon, dairy character, and tops it all off with a very sweet personality. One quirk I have noticed is that his sons seem to take at least three years to gain any depth of barrel, and several have gone through a why-did-I-leave-that-buck-intact stage between the ages of two and three, though this is not true of his daughters.
At the 2008 AGS National Show, a trio of Guy Noir's doe kids won Best Get of Sire, and two of his daughters- Little Dipper GN Flashdance, and Sly Farms GN Catalina, have won best junior doe in show at all-breed goat shows. I'm very pleased with the general appearance and dairy character of his offspring so far.
Update: Guy now has four finished champion daughters- CH-MCH Sly Farms GN Catalina, SGCH CRF Castle Rock Penny Wise 1*M 3*D VVEE 90, GCH-ARMCH CRF Castle Rock Black Ice 4*D 2*M VEEE 90, and GCH CRF Castle Rock Roxanne *D 1*M. At the 2010 REDGA Nigerian Specialty show three of Guy's first freshening daughters won Senior Get of Sire, and CRF Castle Rock Roxanne was Best Udder of Breed, and his daughters repeated this at the 2013 REDGA Nigerian Specialty Show as five year olds, with Roxanne again getting Best Udder of Breed. The judges have noted that Guy's daughters were stamped with dairy character, and all had very good height and arch to the escutcheon. It is so nice to see those daughters of his who showed so much promise as juniors living up to that promise as they freshen.
Pictured left to right: CRF Castle Rock Lunar Eclipse, GCH CRF Castle Rock Roxanne 1*M *D, GCH-ARMCH CRF Castle Rock Black Ice 2*M 4*D VEEE 90, our winning Senior Get of Sire entry at the 2013 Redwood Empire Dairy Goat Association Memorial Show Nigerian Specialty.
CRF Castle Rock Harvest Moon +B *S|
DOB 3/28/09 blue eyes
Sire: Rosasharn's TL Sitka Spruce +*S
Harvey has turned out to be one of my very favorite bucks, and I am so glad to have retained him. His dam, Moon, was a wonderful little doe with a very well attached mammary system that was quite capacious- she made Top 10 for one day milk test as a second freshener, and at the time was a good three inches shorter than any other doe in the Top 10. Harvey isn't nearly as steep in the rump as he looks in this picture- he levels out very nicely on the move, and has very flat bone, nice spring of rib, and throws some gorgeous daughters. I have to say, it would be very tempting to keep him just on the basis of his personality, since he is incredibly sweet and very mellow. His dam was one leg short of being our second triple-finished champion and had nine best udder awards when we unexpectedly lost her just a few days before she was due to kid in 2010. I am really thankful to have kept this buck out of her to carry on in our herd. His kids, both in my herd and in the herds of others, have consistently shown very nice general appearance, being long bodied with flat bone. His daughters have had nice MSLs, teat placement, rear udder height, texture and attachment.
Harvey's daughters started to hit the show ring in 2012, and I am very pleased with how they have done! Highlights include finishing CH Castle Rock Snownamie 4*D VEEE 90, and CH-ARMCH Castle Rock Sweet Heart; his first freshening yearling daughter Castle Rock Helen of Troy went Best Doe in Show at the Red Bluff summer show and finished her permanent championship in the summer of 2013.
Castle Rock Cleveland Sage *B *S|
Sire: Castle Rock Tanzanite *B *S
Cleveland is a very exciting cross that brings together a combination of exceptional dairyness, udder structure and capacity. His dam has near ideal teat placement, with wonderful rear udder height, an exceptionally strong MSL, and wonderful overall structure. Even with the large kidding season we had, this boy stood out to just about everyone who came to the farm- he's very masculine and charismatic, while still being very friendly and quite dairy. Talk about friendly- when everyone else goes running to the food, this guy hangs back so he can have some one on one snuggle time, which is very sweet...but really stinky!
Castle Rock Chicago Peace|
DOB 2/06/11 polled
Sire: Copper Penny ROF Calico Jack
I really admire the general appearance of Chico's sire and dam- both get quite a few compliments in the show ring for being long and uphill with good dairy character and blending. Tuscan Sun has a pliable udder with easy to milk teats, strong foreudder, high rear udder and good capacity. Combine that with his being polled (naturally hornless), and I couldn't resist retaining this guy.
Castle Rock Triumph *B *S|
Sire: SG Fairlea Barnaby Rudge *S
When I saw Triumph's full (but older) sister as a first freshener, I was happy I had decided to keep this buck as a replacement for his sire- she was very long bodied with an udder that was attached everywhere. I am hoping he passes those traits onto his kids, along with his flatness of bone and dairy character.
Castle Rock Black Oak *S
Sire: Castle Rock Pound Foolish *S
Black Oak represents the combination of two doe lines that rise to the top of my "yes!" list. Both Sarafina and Penny Wise are very dairy does, with great production, conformation, and will to milk. I love the profile on this buck- the placement of the front legs, the brisket extension, levelness of topline, blending, and angularity are all traits I would like to see him pass on, as well as the will to milk and productivity of his dam and granddams. He also has flatness of bone and good sweep to his ribs, and the quiet sense of dignity of his mother.
Castle Rock Sugar Daddy *B|
Sire: CRF Castle Rock Guy Noir +B +S
Sugar Daddy can make taking pictures of the other bucks in our buck pasture quite a challenge because he wants to be right in front of me so he can soak up all of the attention. This is his "why did you stop giving me scratches?" face. He is very flat boned and dairy, while also being long bodied and sharp. I like his brisket extension and the placement of his front legs, his angularity, and depth of body- especially since Guy Noir sons don't tend to develop that until at least three years of age. His first freshening maternal half sister (Sweet N Low) can be seen on our first fresheners page, and she's shown us that Sweet Heart is passing along her good traits to her offspring.
Castle Rock Moon Raker|
Sire: Castle Rock Cleveland Sage *S
Every year, we have a buck kid who stands out to us and to farm visitors, and Moonraker was that buck in 2014 (as was his sire in 2011). He is a striking red and white with blue eyes, though it was his very sweet demenor and extreme handsomness (before we settled on his official name, he was referred to as "El Guapo") that really caught everyone's attention. I really admire the consistant udder corectness and structure I am seeing in my "Moon line", and am happy to add this River son to the buck pasture. He has a strong front end assembly, good spring of rib, good width and depth of barrel, and walks on strong pasterns. He is a full brother to our Moon Beam, and his littermate sister, Castle Rock River of Rain, went Best Junior Doe in Show at just three months old.
We do offer stud service at a rate of $75 for Harvest Moon and Cleveland Sage, $60 for any of our bucks per doe bred. Guy Noir is not available for outside breedings. The breeding fee will cover two seperate visits for breedings, and there will be a $20 service charge if your doe takes more than two tries to get bred to help compensate for my time. This is why it is important that your doe be up on her minerals when you come to have her serviced (read the last paragraph for more on that). I've decided to no longer offer outside boarding service due to concerns over biosecurity, and the fact that I wasn't charging enough to make it feel worth it to go through the hassle of taking care of other people's animals, but I felt bad charging any more than I already was. For the time being, we will continue to offer driveway breeding services, which means that you need to keep track of when your doe is coming into heat so you can bring her at the appropriate time. If you do not have a buck, it does help to have a "buck rag" (that would be some sort of cloth that has been rubbed on a buck to collect their oh-so-dreamy aroma, this rag is best kept in a tightly sealed jar or plastic bag) you can present to your doe to see how she reacts. Flagging (vigorus tail wagging), mucous discharge, extra vocalizations, swollen and/or extra pink lady parts, ridding other goats, or allowing oneself to be ridden by other goats, are all signs that your doe is in heat. Does can be in heat for anywhere from 12 hours (unusual) to two or three days, with heats much more obvious during the fall, though Nigerians are year-round breeders. They usually come into heat every 18 to 21 days, though some have shorter cycles; if you have a doe coming into heat every five to seven days, that is called "short-cycling" and seems to be caused by either mineral imbalance or ovarian cysts. When this is happening, it is quite unlikely that the doe will settle.
Does brought for breeding must have proof of a recent (within 30 days) negative CAE test. No exceptions. Please try to be on time for your appointment, or call me as soon as you know you are going to be late so I can try to rearrange my plans accordingly. If you show up late for your appointment and it is around a meal time, you will get to experience the full pleasure of watching me eat that meal before we attend to your animal(s), because I have already eaten way too many cold meals due to people being late.
Please call ahead to check and make sure that we are going to be around when your doe is expected to come into heat so we can try to accomodate your schedule. Be prepared to be the one holding your doe while the buck is servicing her-- does who do not live near bucks may be a bit "spooked" by the buck when seeing him for the first time and want to run away. You are responsible for keeping her within range of the buck, as I will have my hands full as it is with him (not because they are aggressive, which they aren't, but because they have a low center of gravity and are remarkably strong when they want to go somewhere).
A note about breeding your does: In order to be fertile, goats need to have a good mineral balance in their systems, with the two most important minerals for fertility being copper and selenium. At a minimum, your doe should have a free choice loose goat mineral available to consume at all times. We prefer Sweetlix Goat Minerals, and have found that Bar-Ale makes a decent one as well; our goats won't consume enough of the Purina Goat Mineral to make a difference in their systems. A sheep and goat mineral will not do as there will be no copper in it (toxic to sheep), but goats MUST have copper. Even with a loose mineral available to our goats 24/7, we have found the need to supplement with copper bolusing and BO-SE (a selenium/vitamin E shot) at least a couple of times a year. If your doe has a rough terrier-type texture to her coat, the liklihood of her settling is much lower, as this is a sign of mineral (usually copper) deficiency. It has been my experience that weak heats are also a sign of mineral deficiency, and that as the mineral balance gets better, their signs of heat get much stronger. Another way to judge if your doe is mineral deficient is to look at pictures of her from when she was a kid- is she significantly lighter than as a kid? That is also a sign of deficiency. If your gold kid is white as a mature adult, or your black doe is turning brown, there is a really good chance that she needs some extra minerals before you take a drive up to our farm.