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This spring has definitely ‘gone to the goats’. I promise, we do still have gardens, chickens, turkeys, and bees, but as we start to build up our dairy herd, we’re occasionally finding ourselves with new goat additions this spring.

On Sunday, our most recent addition, one of our new herd sires, arrived at the farm. Meet Camanna RZ White Zedoary.

Camanna RZ White Zedoary

Camanna RZ White Zedoary

Zedoary is a gorgeous cream and white 7 month-old buck, with an impressive pedigree, and we’re very happy that we’ve been able to add him to the Curbstone Valley herd.

We recently brought another buckling, Castle Rock Abraham Darby, to the farm, but thought it would be better, both for Darby, and for diversifying our herd genetics, to maintain more than one buck on the farm.

Once Darby is weaned, he and Zedoary will be sharing the buck pen together

Once Darby is weaned, he and Zedoary will be sharing the buck pen together

This time we chose to look further afield for a buck, to give us more breeding options down the road. Darby is already related to Minnie, so we wanted to find a buck that was completely unrelated to her, and to the other does we hope to add to the herd in the near future.

Zedoary arrives at the farm

Zedoary arrives at the farm

Trying to get Zedoary to the farm created a few problems, though.

We initially looked at flying Zedoary down here from Oregon, but despite the fact that we live very close to not one, but TWO, major international airports, none of the major carriers could muster a direct flight between them.

After talking to numerous airline agents, I think we both shared this opinion of what it would take to fly Zedoary down to the farm

After talking to numerous airline agents, I think we both shared this opinion of what it would take to fly Zedoary down to the farm

After assessing absurdly circuitous routes, weaning restrictions, weight restrictions, species restrictions, and landing restrictions after certain hours, it became impossible to get Zedoary here without forcing him to end up in an airport cargo bay overnight. As the whole point of flying him down would be to minimize his travel, and subsequent travel stress, it quickly became apparent that driving him to the farm would probably be the better option.

Flying a buck this size presents a different set of challenges, versus flying kids

Flying a buck this size presents a different set of challenges, versus flying kids

Mr. Curbstone volunteered to drive up to Oregon and pick up Zedoary in person. At the time we were arranging Zedoary’s travel, Lotus hadn’t kidded yet, and I promised Mr. Curbstone that I wouldn’t leave him on his own during kidding time. This trip though required clearing three days from his schedule…no small feat when leaving the farm at the moment for more than a few hours between bottle feeding, milking schedules, and the rest of the daily farm chores, weeding, and planting schedules, is almost impossible.

He did make the 1500 mile round-trip though, last weekend, leaving me to hold down the farm. Despite the long journey, Zedoary toughed it out like a champ. He arrived at the farm on mid-Sunday afternoon, and seemed rather unfazed by the whole experience once he arrived.

As soon as we turned him loose in the pen, Zedoary headed straight for the hay feeder

As soon as we turned him loose in the pen, Zedoary headed straight for the hay feeder

Zedoary is a very sweet, rather mellow, young buck, although he does somewhat excessively crave attention.  Overall though he’s settling in very well, and learning his boundaries.  Thankfully, he’s very used to having poultry around, so the turkeys, and chickens, in the adjacent pens don’t seem to bother him in the least.  In fact, I think they probably help him feel right at home.

A sleepy Zedoary napping in the sun

A sleepy Zedoary napping in the sun

While Mr. Curbstone was driving down through Northern California, I was scrambling to get the last of the former-turkey-now-buck-pen put together, replete with new roof (to keep our nosy predators at bay), and I also exercised my rough carpentry skills to build Zedoary a new shelter.

Zedoary really seems to like spending time in his new house

Zedoary really seems to like spending time in his new house

It turned out I was one board short of a full set, which I’ll pick up this weekend, but Zedoary didn’t seem to mind, and happily moved right in to his new redwood house.

"I like it, but there seems to be a piece missing"

“I like it, but there seems to be a piece missing”

Since arriving here his appetite has been great, and he’s always happy to come and greet whoever might stop by his pen for a visit.  In a fence-line beard contest with Mr. Curbstone this week, there was no question that Zedoary’s beard was the longest.

Comparing beards with Mr. Curbstone

Comparing beards with Mr. Curbstone

You might be wondering where on earth Zedoary’s name came from. He is named after an Indonesian spice, White Zedoary, also commonly known as white turmeric. His sire, Rosasharn SH Zahtar (also named after a Middle Eastern herb), is linebred on ARMCH Rosasharn’s Buckwheat Honey 3*D 3*M EEEE 91, Zedoary’s great grand-dam. She was the 2007 AGS National Champion Senior Doe, including Best Udder. Zahtar’s dam is an elite doe, SGCH Rosasharn HB Gari 4*M EEEV 90, and is the current Nigerian Dwarf breed leader in milk production, producing a phenomenal 1740 pounds of milk in a one year’s lactation.

Zedoary’s dam, Camanna CS Acapella, is a beautiful dairy doe. She has a very capacious udder for her small size, with excellent attachments, and easy to milk teats.  All traits that we hope Zedoary will pass on to his offspring.  Acapella has completed two of her championship ADGA legs, and has a number of reserve champion wins.  Acapella’s dam, HBF L.S. Impressive Encore, was recently awarded her superior genetics title.

We're very much looking forward to seeing what Zedoary will contribute to our herd

Combining Rosasharn and Camanna genetics, we’re very much looking forward to seeing what Zedoary will contribute to our herd

As for Zedoary, we’re very happy that he’s been able to join the Curbstone Valley herd.  While he adjusts to the California sunshine, we’ll have to keep a close watch on his light pink skin so he doesn’t get a sunburn. After all, we want him to look his best when he meets the girls this fall.

"You know the ladies will find me irresistible"

“You know the ladies will find me irresistible”

Zedoary has already settled a few does before coming to the farm, and those does are due to kid this spring and summer, so we’ll be watching closely to see how his first offspring look, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he will contribute to our own herd in the next kidding season!  Welcome to the farm, Zedoary!