Born: February 26, 2012 Height: 20.5″ at 5 years
Sire: CRF Castle Rock Harvest Moon ++*B +*S AR HS
SS: Rosasharn’s TL Sitka Spruce ++B +*S AR HS
SD: SGCH-MCH Castle Rock Once Ina Blue Moon 2*D
Dam: SG ARMCH Lost Valley TB Infinity 1*M 4*D
DS: MCH Lost Valley Tae-Bo ++B +*S AR HS
DD: MCH Lost Valley Mercedes 3*D
DNA: SQ | α S1-Casein: A/A
Elite Doe – 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020; Top Ten – Milk, Butterfat, AND Protein – 2018 (305-Day Test; AGS); Milk, Butterfat, AND Protein – 2017 (305-Day Test; ADGA); Butterfat & Protein – 2016 (305-Day Test AGS); Milk, Butterfat, AND Protein – 2015 (305-Day Test; ADGA & AGS); Protein Production – 2014 (305-Day Test AGS). 2 X Grand Champion, 2 X BOB; AGS 2016 JC Lincoln Award; ANDDA Sue Rucker GOLD JuJu Award 2015, 2016 & 2017; ANDDA Sue Rucker Lifetime Achievement Award 2017
Lotus comes from a lineage of productive milkers, and has proven to have excellent udder capacity, and a tremendous will to milk. Pair that with her placid disposition, and impeccable milk stand manners, and we would have a hundred of her in the herd if we could.
Her udder is wonderfully capacious, and has a lovely, soft, pliable texture, with easy to express teats, and she readily milks all the way down. As a third freshener, even though she only kidded with twin does, Lotus readily made the AGS Top Ten list for milk, butterfat, and protein levels, milking 1250 lbs in 305 days. Lotus also made the ADGA top ten list for milk, butterfat, and protein, placing third nationally in the breed for protein production.
As if her production in 2015 was not enough, Lotus settled with 8 kids that fall. Seven were carried to full term, four does, and three bucks.
Despite carrying seven kids, she was still active, and readily eating hay, right up until she kidded in March that year. When many does may succumb to pregnancy toxemia as a result of carrying a load that large, she was still packing away the hay, and a routine ketone check the morning she was in labor barely registered trace amounts.
Due to her incredible willingness to milk, and the number of kids she carried in 2015, we elected to hold Lotus out from the stress of the show ring in 2016, to give her body a chance to recoup. Lotus did, however, remain on DHIR milk test that season, and during her first test she milked almost 7 pounds, at just under 40 days fresh.
Lotus is a long and powerful looking doe, with good angulation, and has incredible body, and udder capacity. Although Lotus is a somewhat robust doe in general appearance, she is nicely level from chine to rump, with excellent length from hips to pins, and is wide from thurl to thurl.
All around, Lotus is a beautiful doe, and she is the most productive doe in the herd. Although other does in our herd may have eclipsed her in peak production, Lotus has a steady production level all the way through from mid to late lactation.
Lotus is always happier in the milk house though, than the show ring. She’s not as refined in appearance as many of the more ‘modern’ Nigerian Dwarf does, but there’s no question she excels at keeping the ‘dairy’ in dairy goat.
Most importantly, Lotus appears to be passing her production potential on to her daughters. Her daughter, Curbstone Valley Mariposa Lily, earned her Advanced Registry (AR) milking star for milk volume as a yearling, producing 700 lbs of milk as a first freshener. Her daughter, Curbstone Valley Mojave Rose, also produced a very similar level of milk to her dam as a first freshener and earned her registry milk stars for milk, butterfat, and protein.
As a five year-old fifth freshener, Lotus earned a permanent score on linear appraisal of VEEE 91. She also earned her permanent Superior Genetics (SG) designation with ADGA during the August genetic evaluations, and found herself on the Elite Doe list, at the 95th percentile. Her 2017 lactation ended with 1620 lbs of milk, and once again Lotus found herself on the Elite Doe list at the 97th percentile in 2018.
In addition to her many other achievements, in 2018, Lotus was bestowed with a lifetime achievement award from ANDDA, for producing at least 5000 lbs of milk and 250 lbs of butterfat (this was calculated for her 2-5th lactations, as she was not on milk test as a first freshener). Quite an achievement for an animal that only stands 20.5 inches tall.
Two additional daughters, Curbstone Valley Redwood Ivy, and Curbstone Valley Fernalds Iris, were retained to the herd in 2017, and Curbstone Valley Sandhill Sage in 2018.
Lotus has proven to be an incredible asset to our herd, and there is absolutely no question that she has found a permanent home at Curbstone Valley, and we look forward to watching her retained daughters mature.
*Due to carrying an unusually large litter of kids in the spring of 2016, and Lotus’ rate of milk production that year (she produced 950 lbs of milk in the first 197 days of that lactation), we elected to dry Lotus off early in 2016. Although we strive for 305 day lactations in our herd, Lotus needed time to recover condition before the 2017 breeding season.
|1.00||3/22/2013||Camanna Music Man||1||2|
|2.00||3/2/2014||CH Castle Rock Abraham Darby *B *S||1||1|
|3.00||3/1/2015||Camanna RZ White Zedoary||2||0|
|4.00||3/9/2016||Dill's RD Grand Illusion *B||4||3|
|5.01||4/15/2017||CH Castle Rock Abraham Darby *B *S||3||1|
|6.02||5/12/2018||Castle Rock Roxstar||2||3|
|2.00||2||2014 Total||284||950 lbs||68 lbs||48 lbs|
|3.00||3||2015 Total||315||1250 lbs||88 lbs||59 lbs|
|4.00||4||2016 Total||233||1090 lbs||75 lbs||51 lbs|
|5.00||5||2017 Total||305||1620 lbs||103 lbs||73 lbs|
|Year||Age||Height (Inches)||General Appearance||Dairy Strength||Body Capacity||Mammary||FS|