Born: February 28, 2018
**DNA: On File** **α S1-Casein: A/B**
Sire: Castle Rock Roxstar
SS: Caprine Acres HS Cooper
SD: GCH CRF Castle Rock Roxanne 1*M *D AR2461 VEEE 91
Dam: Curbstone Valley Celastrina 4*M 7*D AR 2976
DS: GCH Castle Rock Abraham Darby +*B +*S AR HS
DD: Curbstone Valley Mariposa Lily 3*M 6*D AR 2793
1 x Reserve Junior Grand Champion
Every once in a while one breeds a doe to a buck that produces very unexpected results. That happened with Harmony's grand-dam, Mariposa Lily. Bred to an outside buck, that had very strong mammaries behind him, he threw incredibly weak medials, universally, to all of his daughters. Crashing from a 91 with E in udder for her dam, to 78 with an A udder. It was shocking. It is no slight on the breeder. It is the game of roulette we all play as breeders, called 'independent genetic assortment'.
However, where Harmony's grand-dam, Lily, lacked in mammary attachment, she continued to excel, for her very petite size, in production, as we would expect a Lotus daughter to do. However, we had to fix those wretched attachments.
In one generation, with the right buck, we moved that mammary system from a 78 A udder, back up to an 88 V udder with Harmony's dam, Celastrina. Trina has consistently stamped her kids with beautiful general appearance (producing some of the most handsome wethers on the farm), and is a beautiful doe in her own right. Significantly improved over her dam, both in general appearance, and mammary strength.
Harmony then excelled her dam, by earning a junior RGCH, at just five months of age. Trina was often head of the line in her class as a junior, but never quite managed to eek out a big ribbon. We love that Harmony has conserved her dam's general appearance, and have retained her to the herd to see if we can bump that strength in udder conformation up a little higher over her dam, too. We have retained both Harmony, and her 2019 sister, Eroica to the herd, and both will be freshened at least once to see ultimately what their sires can contribute to improvements in mammary attachment.
Many have scoffed at breeding a doe up to improve udder, and our response is that all does in the breed have been 'bred up', through their sire's contributions, whether they admit it, or not. Is there instant gratification? No, not always. Do their udders always improve? No, not always. But with careful sire selection, Harmony's dam is proof that ground that was lost, can be regained. We will continue to work with this line, as Harmony goes back to our foundation, and our most productive line, with Lotus. This is our endeavor, and thus far, the results are working in our favor.
Needless to say, we are eagerly anticipating Harmony's first freshening in 2020. Her sire's dam has one of the most renowned, and most winning udders in Northern California, but we'll have to wait and see what transpires when Harmony freshens next spring.