|The vast majority of the bucks pictured here have lived on our farm and can be found somewhere in the background of at least one of our does. Bucks can certainly have varrying degrees of influence on any given herd, and the bucks pictured are not neccesarily the ones that have had the most influence, rather, they are the ones I thought to put on the page before deleting their information from my web site.
Camanna GD Music Man|
Sire: Proctor Hill TO Go Daddy
I have long admired Sonata- she's elegant and feminine with a well attached, productive udder, and I am quite pleased to now have a son of hers to use as a bit of an outcross. This buck walks uphill, is long bodied, quite sharp, and very masculine (he wins the award for "fastest 2012 buck to figure out his job"). He has added some nice general appearance to his daughters, who also milk well.
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 Graupel *B *S|
Sire: Castle Rock Cleveland Sage *S
Graupel is the result of a decision to try to emphasize the genetics of Castle Rock SnowFluryCeanothus, a doe who produced the two highest appraising does in the herd thus far. Graupel has lots of dairy character, and as a young kid was very long bodied and eye catching. His front end is well put together with good placement of front legs, strong pasturns, and very good brisket extension. Looking at his pedigree, he should produce daughters with improved dairy character and very well attached, productive mammary systems. He is very laid back and sweet.
I couldn't resist keeping another Cleveland Sage son in 2014 (Castle Rock Moonraker), and since I still have Cleveland in the herd, we've allowed this boy to move on to a new home.
Castle Rock Clark's Nutcracker|
DOB 3/13/12 blue eyes
Sire: CRF Castle Rock Harvest Moon *S
I decided to keep a buck out of Raven as a back up for Guy Noir, but when I lost Raven to heliotrope toxin during the summer of 2012, I was doubly happy I had decided to keep this guy. From the beginning, Clark has looked like a shrinky-dink version of an adult goat, seeming to never go through any awkward growth stages unlike many kids (cough)Graupel(cough). He has a good front end assembly, lots of space between the ribs, strong topline, and a high, wide escutcheon arch, all set on a good set of feet and legs.
Though I love the look and attitude of this buck, so many of my does are related to him that I found myself only able to use him on two or three does a year, and for a herd that breeds ~35 or so does, I could not justify keeping him. He isn't too far away though, and I hope to be able to use him again in a few years once we have been able to outcross our does a bit more.
Castle Rock Pound Foolish *S
Sire: Castle Rock Bentley *S
When Penny Wise freshened last year with an even better udder than the previous year, I decided that I would keep one of her bucks, just for those does (both mine and outside the herd) that needed a boost in udder capacity. Then she went out to her first show weekend of the year and won three champion legs in a row, has her SGCH, and made the 2011 305 day Top Ten list for milk production, butterfat production and protein production, and has a Linear Appraisal score of VVEE 90. Glad I kept this boy! He's related to quite a bit of my herd, so may not get that much action this year, but certainly has a whole lot of potential to pass on flat bone, dairy character, lots of milk, and, large, milkable teats.
Castle Rock Cyclone|
Sire: BRB SS Dust In The Wind
Cyclone is a nice dairy buck with good length of body, angulation, flatness of bone, and spring of rib. His dam has gotten better with age- a trait we always like to see! She is a wonderful milker, with excellent dairyness and a rump I would love to see on more of my does. Cyclone's sire, Dust In the Wind, has been making improvements in his daughters, so I am hoping he will be a nice outcross of sorts for us. So far his kids have had improved front end assemblies and increased length of body.
Castle Rock Tanzanite *S|
Sire: CRF Castle Rock Guy Noir +B +S
When I decided that I was going to retain a buck out of Purple Rain, I paired her with one of my favorite bucks on the farm, and got Tanzanite. Rain is one of our heavier producers, and on Linear Appraisal received very strong marks on dairyness, rump width, foreudder attachment, rear udder height, rear udder arch and medial suspensory ligament.
We unexpectedly lost Tanzanite in a freak incident (he basically choked to death on his own cud) in the summer of 2012. I am so glad I had already retained his son, Cleveland Sage, so I have someone to carry on in his place.
Castle Rock Bentley *S|
Sire: Rosasharn TL Sitka Spruce *S
Sometimes it takes a little extra time for kids to really start coming together, and Bentley is a very good example of that. When he first hit the ground, he wasn't nearly as eye catching as his brothers and sister (Kharmann Ghia), but eventually,I started to notice how nice he was looking, and when I put my hands on him, I realized that he was incredibly dairy and flat boned. At just a month old, there was already enough space between his ribs to easily fit my thumb! This is a less than flattering picture of him, but at least it gives an idea of length, and we appreciated the improvements we were seeing in his daughters. However, Harvest Moon, another Sitka son has been fairly heavily used, plus I decided to keep a buck out of Bentley's maternal sister, which really narrowed down who I could use Bentley with. With the buck pasture already crowded, I decided to let him move on.
CRF Castle Rock Mr. Lincoln|
Sire: Woodhaven Farms Latigo +S
I had offered this buck for sale, until I took another look at his pedigree and realized that this guy has some really nice bloodlines and is not closely related to the other bucks in my buck pasture. He's very dairy and flat boned with a level top line, and a sweeter than candy personality. I wanted to add some of Latigo's genetics to the herd since he seemed to add refinement to his daughters, and I really like many aspects of Sunsprite's mammary system and would like to see those traits in more of my herd. His first kid crop has turned out to be very nice- lots of length of body, angularity, corectness, and super, super friendly personalities, and he has a finished champion daughter- CH-MCH Sly Farms ML Hollywood. We decided to keep a buck (Chicago Peace) out of Mr. Lincoln's littermate sister GCH-ARMCH CRF Castle Rock Tuscan Sun, and the buck pasture was getting pretty crowded, so we made the tough decision to let Mr. Lincoln move on.
Dragonfly Odyseuss *S|
Sire: Rosasharn TL U'gene *S
I was planning on waiting a bit to get a buck from Dragonfly Farm, but when the opportunity came to add Ody to the buck pasture, I had to take it. He is very sharp, level and smoothly blended with a nice set of feet and legs, and good angularity. He has a tremendous amount of milk behind him, with Uni holding the number one spot for 305 day production from 2003-2006.
Ody has moved to a new home, but we have retained daughter CH Castle Rock Siren Song 3*D 2*M in the herd.
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 five 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 EEEE 92, CH Castle Rock Lunar Eclipse VEEE 91, and GCH CRF Castle Rock Roxanne *D 1*M VEEE 91. 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. At the 2015 ADGA National Show, a trio of his daughters won 3rd place Get of Sire. 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: CH CRF Castle Rock Lunar Eclipse VEEE 91, GCH CRF Castle Rock Roxanne 1*M *D VEEE 91, GCH-ARMCH CRF Castle Rock Black Ice 2*M 4*D EEEE 92, our winning Senior Get of Sire entry at the 2013 Redwood Empire Dairy Goat Association Memorial Show Nigerian Specialty.
SG Fairlea Barnaby Rudge *S|
Sire: Rosasharns Julius *S
Barnaby is the full brother (although definitely not a litter mate of) ARMCH Fairlea Fleur 3*D E, a doe I have long admired, and comes from a line of does with well attached, capacious udders. He is long, angular, flat boned and has a good amount of dairy character and really nice spring of rib. I'd like to see his front legs a bit straighter when viewed from the side. He has gotten even friendlier over time, seemingly the first to meet me at the gate, and he'll follow me around the pasture while I'm doing chores. His daughter, GCH CRF Castle Rock Irish Cream, was our first doe to finish as a first freshener, and we retained his son out of GCH CRF Castle Rock Tesla before letting him move on. He is one of the first nigerian bucks to earn a Superior Genetics designation from ADGA.
Buttin'Heads Sharp No.2 Pencil|
Sire: Sugar Creek's Sharp Shooter *S
Pencil is an extremely dairy buck with veryflat bone. He has an especially good front end assembly with good legs and exceptionally tight shoulders, a high escutcheon, and nice angularity. His maternal half sister from this spring will be the first Nigerian doeling featured at ADGA's Spotlight sale at this year's National Show. I expect this boy to be a down-size buck, who will add some elegance, lots of dairyness and good udder attachments to his daughters. He can be found in the background of both GCH CRF Castle Rock Roxanne, and Castle Rock Gorgonzola.
Twin Creeks BW Montego Bay ++*S ++*B|
Sire: MCH Twin Creeks BH Bay Watch ++*S E
He's the littermate brother of ARMCH Castle Rock Sky Lupine 2*D's sire, and we were so pleased with her mammary system (Sky has eleven best udder awards!) that we wanted to incorporate more of those genetics into our herd. He has several full siblings around the country, and his full sisters have very nice mammary systems, and his full brothers have been producing very nice kids as well. I've consistently seen an improvement in dairy character and udder capacity in his daughters and was impressed by his daughter SGCH-ARMCH Castle Rock Alum Root 3*D VEEE 91 scoring an almost ideal MSL and teat placement on Linear Appraisal. He has at least three finished champion offspring on the ground, and several daughters who have earned milking legs as well. While Montego is no longer in our herd, his son CRF Castle Rock Guy Noir continues in his stead, and has himself produced four finished champion daughters (so far).
Twin Creeks PD Moneyinthebank 'VG'|
DOB 2/13/99 height 23" at 5+ years
1 x GCH Jr., 1 x GCH, 1 x RsGCH
Sire: PGCH/MCH Willow Creek Paydirt
Banker comes from wonderful parents, and has produced a MCH/PGCH son- Ponders End MTB Wall Street, and is the grandfather of our ARMCH/GCH/PGCH Esperanza WS Sara *D. He stands on very straight legs with good toes, and his front end assembly is still very tight and smoothly blended with withers sharp enough to cut glass. He is very long with wide ribs, pliable skin, depth of barrel, and he is level from thurl to thurl. His dam's line has proven itself all over the country, and we can definitely see his stamp on his daughters. They have increased length of body, dairy character, udder capacity, and improved teat placement over their dams- they tend to be the smartest does in our herd too! Update: Banker is the sire of the 2008 AGS Reserve National Champion & Best Udder Doe, SGCH/MCH Castle Rock Rainy Day Fund *D currently owned by 3G Family Farms.
MCH Twin Creeks BH Bay Watch ++*S 'E'|
Sire: Twin Creeks Brave Heart +S
Baywatch has produced some outstanding kids, with seven MCH offspring to date. He is the sire of Montego Bay ++B ++*S and Cascade, grandfather of California Poppy, and Sky Lupine, and can be found further back in the pedigrees of Sara, and Mochambo Irish.
Picture courtesy of Kellye Bussey, Twin Creeks Farm
|MCH Goodwood Weisbaden +*S 'E'|
Sire: Gay-Mor's RA Kingwood +*S
Weisy is the sire of Christabelle grandfather of Annabelle. He seems to consitantly bring general correctness and length of body to his kids and grandkids. His is a slow developing line, but very long and level once they hit their growth spurt. He also seems to pass on a mellow and friendly attitude to his offspring, which we certainly appreciate!
Picture courtesy of Kellye Bussey, Twin Creeks Farm