Castle Rock Mahindra Reva Halo|
Sire: SG Castle Rock Cleveland Sage +*B *S
Nice, smoothly blended doe with good brisket extension, depth of body, and a wide rump with well placed thurls. She has a well attached mammary system, with excellent texture and plumb, easy to milk teats. Just like her older sister Volt, Mahindra is very likely to be right behind or next to me any time I am in the same pasture she is, and is our self-assigned barnyard-project manager.
Castle Rock Sweet Clover|
height 20" at two years
2017 LA: ++V+ 83
Sire: CRF Castle Rock Harvest Moon ++B *S
Owl's Clover has been a bit stingy with her doe kids, and when she does make them, they come out really, really tiny. Sweet Clover stayed very small during her first pregnancy, but managed to deliver the dreaded single buck kid with no problems. Because she was still so small, I knew she would not be competitive in the show ring this year, so we dried her off right after our Linear Appraisal. I believe as long as she catches up to her herdmates, she'll mature very nicely. Her udder was small, but nicely put together- nice MSL, excellent texture, large, easy to milk teats- it was proportional for her size, and with her background, I believe she should be more impressive next year. She's deep and wide, with good dairyness, and a proportionally wide rump.
Castle Rock Sunsational|
Sire: Castle Rock Clark's Nutcracker
Sunsational is a very quiet little doe who looks just like a tiny replica of her dam. I love putting my hands on this girl- she's so soft and dairy feeling. During the last six weeks or so of her pregnancy, one of our neighbors' large dogs got his mouth on Sunsational, throwing her into shock, and was possibly the cause of her only having one live kid and one very underdeveloped fetus. I was suprised she didn't completely miscarry, but not surprised that she freshened with a smaller than expected udder. It had a nice shape and texture, so we are hopeful that next year will be better. Due to work obligations, if you freshened too late to participate in LA and weren't going in the show ring, you did not get clipped, so her junior picture will have to suffice for now.
Castle Rock Aphrodite|
DOB 2/17/15 polled
Sire: Castle Rock Chicago Peace
I love the long bone pattern on this doe. She is a bit less mature as a two year old than I was expecting (pretty sure I could sneak her into a yearling class and no one would question her belonging there), but I am still extremely happy with what I am seeing so far. She's stretchy and dairy, with good general appearance, and her udder is attached everywhere with really good capacity for a first freshening daughter of Chico- we can definitely thank Helen for that! She's another aggressively friendly doe- there is no place I go that she isn't behind me like a shadow. Now if we could just get her to stand still in the show ring...like even a little bit...
Castle Rock Sugar Snow|
height: 21 1/2" at two years
Sire: Castle Rock Moonraker
All of the pictures from our photo shoots with Sugar look like she is regretting her life choices while also judging your life choices to be ones she would not have made, which is so odd for a doe who has such a friendly, happy, in-your-face personality. And I realize that the wood in our barn is the same color as her, but this is the least angry looking picture, so we'll go with it for now. Sugar freshened with a single tiny, tiny buck, and ended up with a small lopsided udder because we were too busy to get her onto the milk stand until about a week into her freshening. She did well on linear appraisal, but I knew there was no point taking her into the show ring this year with such a lopsided udder. I do really like many things about this doe- her front end, brisket extension, depth of body, rump angle, and she has one of the wider rumps in our herd. I dried her off shortly after our LA session and will look forward to seeing her next freshening.
Castle Rock Easter Bonnet|
height: 21" at two years
2017 LA: VEEV 88
Sire: Castle Rock Triumph *B
Bonnie was not a doe I was planning on keeping when she hit the ground as I had restricted myself to keeping "just" ten doe kids in 2015. However, when people came to pick out kids and would ask if she was available, I kept finding myself saying "I don't think so". And now that she's freshened, I have to say I think that worked out well. She has the highest rear udder in the herd (scored a 43 on LA), with excellent texture, a strong medial, and very strong foreudder attachement. I really like how level and balanced this doe is and look forward to seeing how she continues to mature. She's a lovely addition to the herd with a quiet, sweet disposition that reminds me very much of her grandmother Tesla.