Born: February 2, 2012 Height: 21.4″ at 5 years
Sire: SG Castle Rock Bentley +*B *S
SS: Rosasharn’s TL Sitka Spruce +B +*S
SD: SG ARMCH Lost Valley TB Infinity 1*M 4*D
Dam: GCH CRF Castle Rock Roxanne 1*M *D AR2461 VEEE 91
DS: CRF Castle Rock Guy Noir +*B +S
DD: SG Castle Rock Annabelle
DNA: I | α S1-Casein: A/B
Elite Doe – 2018; Top Ten – Milk, Butterfat, AND Protein – 2017 (305-Day Test AGS #1 Breed Leader); Protein – 2017 (ADGA); Milk, Butterfat, AND Protein – 2016 (305-Day Test ADGA); AGS 2017 JC Lincoln Award; Protein – 2016 (305-Day Test AGS); 1 x Junior Grand Champion; ANDDA Sue Rucker GOLD JuJu Award 2015, 2016 & 2017
When Castle Rock Royalia came up for sale as a first freshening yearling, we seized the opportunity to bring her to the farm.
That season we had been watching Lia’s dam, Roxanne, in the show ring, succeeding in earning a number of Best of Breeds in one Champion Challenge after another.
Roxanne is one of those does that immediately catches your eye when she steps in the ring. She’s a smoothly blended, angular doe, with excellent width between her hocks, and a well attached, high, very wide, and capacious udder.
Like her dam, Lia has excellent length of body, with a level topline, and a long, lean neck, along with very good width between her hocks, a high, and wide escutcheon, and she easily attained her Junior Grand Champion leg as a junior kid.
Lia’s sire, CRF Castle Rock Bentley, is a very dairy buck, with good length of body, flatness of bone, and with ample spacing between his ribs.
Royalia’s first freshening udder was snugly attached, with a strong MSL, large, well placed, easy to milk teats, and excellent udder texture, and as a second freshener has shown improved rear udder width, and teat length, although we would like to see more rear udder height in subsequent freshenings.
Unfortunately, Lia was somewhat overlooked in the show ring as a second and third freshener. She is the product of a long-bodied sire and dam, and is herself incredibly long, and lean in appearance. A full three inches longer from withers to hips than any other doe in our herd. As such, her long and lean body has been slow to show much depth or width, and that made her less competitive in the show ring.
Lia is slow to mature, as was her dam. As a fourth freshener, however, Lia really hit her stride. Her depth of body improved significantly, as did her udder capacity and production, milking more than 1300 pounds of milk, placing on the breed leader lists for both ADGA and AGS.
Lia’s retained daughter, Curbstone Valley Rowena, as a first freshener was keeping pace with her dam through the first four milk tests the same season, producing over 1100 lbs.
Royalia was retired in 2018 after she developed a large rapidly-growing mass in her thyroid. Subsequently, she was diagnosed with Type I diabetes, a very rare condition in small ruminants, and is managed twice daily with insulin. She will live out her life at Curbstone Valley as a treasured family pet.
|1.01||3/22/2013||CH Algedi Farm JD Shotgun Wedding *B||0||3|
|2.00||2/28/2014||Camanna RZ White Zedoary||2||2|
|3.01||3/18/2015||Trilogy Ranch SHH Magnum Opus||2||2|
|4.01||4/2/2016||Dill's RD Grand Illusion *B||1||3|
|5.00||3/27/2017||CH Castle Rock Abraham Darby *B *S||2||2|
|2.00||2||2014 TOTAL||285||750 lbs||51 lbs||37 lbs|
|3.00||3||2015 Total||303||910 lbs||67 lbs||46 lbs|
|4.00||4||2016 Total||310||1340 lbs||96 lbs||65 lbs|
|Year||Age||Height (Inches)||General Appearance||Dairy Strength||Body Capacity||Mammary||FS|
|2012||0.04 (Young Stock)||17||+||A||+||NA||+|