A few weeks ago while Lotus, Lia, and Minnie were all on imminent kidding watch, we brought a new junior herd sire to the farm.
I admit that I have been epically remiss in introducing everyone to this new fine fellow, but between spring schedules, and wrapping up kidding season, I simply couldn’t find enough hours in the day to sit down and write this post, let alone find time, on a dry fair-weather day, to take some photos of him. So, without further ado, we’d like to finally introduce you to Trilogy Ranch SHH Magnum Opus.
‘Magnum Opus’ is defined as ‘the greatest achievement of an artist, writer, or composer‘. In an effort to branch out further, genetically speaking, Magnum (just ‘Opie’ to his friends) is now the newest addition to the Curbstone Valley buck pen.
When striving to make herd improvements, it’s important not to limit oneself on breeding choices. Or at least that’s my excuse, besides, despite being seasonally stinky, I absolutely adore our boys. They’re all sweet tempered, and endlessly entertaining to have around. Note to self, that when we finally move the farm to flatter ground, I’d love to have a bigger buck barn.
Purchasing bucks, however, isn’t terribly straightforward. First, you have to identify the weaknesses in your own herd. Then finding excellent quality bucks, whose dams and sires both have the right combination of traits, pedigrees, and performance that you’re looking for, especially in regards to areas you’d like to improve, isn’t as easy as you might think. Even after assessing parentage, pedigrees, and performance, your buck of choice may simply not be available. Sometimes, though, everything comes together, and more often than not, as typically happens with goats, it’s when you least expect it…smack dab in the middle of your busiest time of year.
Magnum combines some of the best genetics from the Algedi Farm herd, a herd with a well-earned reputation for excellence in dairy conformation, and I’ve admired Magnum’s dam, Algedi Farm D Capella, for quite some time.
Capella is a finished permanent champion, and her dam, Rosasharn’s TL Zenith, has produced a number of beautiful champion daughters. I had previously inquired about the potential availability of a buckling from Capella, so when the opportunity to bring Magnum to the farm this spring finally presented itself, it was an easy choice to make.
Magnum’s dam is a stunning, and petite doe, with many of the qualities that immediately draw my eye, including a beautifully level top line, with very good length of body, and levelness from hips to pins, along with a capacious, and well-supported mammary system.
This all resulted in Capella finishing her permanent grand championship as a first freshener, when more often than not, first fresheners tend to lack the overall maturity required to be able to truly compete against the ‘big girls’ in the ring their first time out.
Capella’s dam, Rosasharn TL Zenith, has produced a number of finished champions, and has held up remarkably well as she’s aged, still scoring EEVE on linear appraisal as an 8 year-old.
Magnum’s sire, Algedi Farm Sizzlin’ Hot Honey, is also from a dam, Rosasharn UMT Tupelo Honey, that appraised with an excellent EEEE91 on linear appraisal as an 8 year-old doe, so overall we’re looking for daughters from him with excellence both in dairy character, and in mammary, with longevity.
His sire, Algedi Farm Sizzlin’ Hot Honey is the son of Rosasharn’s UMT Tupelo Honey, who, the last I checked, has four finished ADGA champion daughters, and Tupelo herself was the daughter of an 2007 AGS National Champion. Sizzlin’s sire, Algedi Farm Drops of Jupiter, was appraised as an EEE 91 buck, and has sired some gorgeous champion daughters, too.
Needless to say, Magnum’s forebearers have given this little guy some very big hooves to fill, but his pedigree is very promising, and we’re very excited to see what Magnum will contribute to our herd.
We’re so excited to bring this sweet and mellow young buck into our herd, and are greatly looking forward to meeting his first daughters!
A very special thank you, both to Michael and Krystal of Trilogy Ranch, and to Kalee at Algedi Farm, for allowing this very handsome young buck to become the newest junior herd sire at Curbstone Valley Farm.
He’s got a magnificent name and handsome symmetrical markings on his face. Photogenic, of course!
Congrats on the new member of the family.
I was always taught to be careful what you name something, as they might live up to it. So along that idea, I thought I’d give him a name to aspire too 😉 He is a very handsome fellow, albeit very active, and actually quite challenging to get good pictures of. Once the weather warms a bit, and he gets his first summer haircut, we’ll try for some better posed pics, but for now I’m just enjoying watching him be a typical 6 week-old buckling (who is already blubbering, and trying his best lines on the ladies)!
He’s definitely a handsome little guy! I’m so enjoying meeting all your new goats. You must be so tired at the end of the day after taking care of all these energetic young uns!
I do admit that after the last bottle feeding at night, I feel a little like a zombie 😉 It is tiring, and a lot of hard work, but it’s also a tremendous amount of fun 😀
What a sweet addition. I think my favorite photo is the one with Magnum and his photo-bombing friend!
Ah, yes. The E2 wether…photobomber extraordinaire! He’s weaseled his way into more than one photo lately 🙂
Clare I can’t get over how many darlings you now have and I still remember when you brought home the first 2…they are having so much fun and I suspect you are too.
It’s a slippery slope. If someone can tell me how on earth we bounced from 2 to 22, I’d love to know. It must be goat math. It just doesn’t make sense 😉 I must admit, I’m very much looking forward to sending some of our spring kids on to their new homes! I love them, but I’m starting to feel like a full-time goat-herder!