Breeding For An Elegant Dairy Doe That Dances Like a Ballerina and Milks Like a Cow
THE YOUNGER GUYS To see our up-and-coming bucks, please click HERE.
OUR MOST SENIOR HERDSIRES (Ordered By Age, Oldest to Youngest)
Rosasharn Tom's Water Tabby+*S++B--REFERENCE (ARMCH Goodwood Tom Thumb+*S "E" x ARMCH Goodwood Water Lilly 2*D "VG")
Poppy Patch JC Royal Rebel (Poppy Patch RC Jiminy Cricket x CH Poppy Patch FM Dutchess) 6/03/13 Twin
Dawnland TCBB Monarch (TX Twincreeks SEM Blackberry*S*B x TX Twincreeks Butterfly Dance) 5/02/14 Twin
Our Handsome Homeboys, ARMCH/GCH DAWNLAND TABBY'S HALIFAX+S+B "E" (Rosasharn Tom's Water Tabby+*S x Stonewall's India Wilkes) And the Assistant Goatkeeper. This photo was taken in the January of 2008. Halifax died at Dragonfly Farm in Spring 2010, leaving a legacy of many beautiful offspring.
A FEW WORDS ABOUT OUR GUYS..... REGARDING THE SALE OF BUCK KIDS.....FEW AND FAR BETWEEN.....Our bucks have been carefully chosen from well-known herds across the country. In our search for suitable sires that will pass on the dairiness and milk productivity which are our goals, we have selected bucks from parent lines showing ongoing CONSISTENCY in producing quality animals of strong conformation. We also are strong proponents of linebreeding and have selected our "keeper" genetic lines to reflect the same. Therefore, intact males sold in our farm name will possess: 1/a quality dam, well-conformed, with a strongly-attached and correctly-shaped udder; 2/depth of pedigree evidenced with both paternal and maternal genetic lines (translation: the kid will be "backed up" by multi-generations of correct animals, strong udders, and milk production potential); and 3/correct general appearance, free of both structural and AGS/ADGA disqualifying faults at the time of sale. (We do not offer a mature height guarantee, however.)
SHOWING OUR BUCKS.....Admittedly, we feel that we have some real babes in our buck pen! However--both because of time constraints, and our belief that the best test of a herdsire is in his daughters' conformation, mammary systems, and milk production potential--we do not plan to show our bucks on a regular basis, though occasional trips to the ring won't be ruled out!
BREEDING SERVICES.....We do not offer breeding services in order to avoid the worry of sexually-transmitted diseases.
Tabby at Age Ten, Still Full of Himself as an Old Man!
It's hard for us to believe that Water Tabby has died. We always thought (or hoped fervently!) that he would be immortal. Way back, Tabby was our first buck, a lucky purchase--as beginners, we were somewhat clueless as to what constituted a quality pedigree--when we first contemplated breeding our Nigerians more than ten years ago. He rewarded us with a legacy of consistently high quality progeny and a unique herd style: long-bodied, elegant Nigerians with show, udder, and milk potential galore. His sons, most famously ARMCH/GCH Halifax+S+B "E", continue to prove themselves through their offspring, and his daughters have freshened with competitive udders. Although Water Tabby is gone, his influence lives on through his kids and their kids and will continue to provide the foundation of the Dawn Land herd. Rest in peace, Old Man. You are missed.
Tabby Has Matured Into a Long-Bodied, Refined Buck--Exactly What We Want to See in His Daughters!
ROSASHARN TOM'S WATER TABBY++*S++B--Reference
SIRE: ARMCH GOODWOOD TOM THUMB+*S "E"--1997 and 2000 AGS National Champion Buck SS: ARMCH Goodwood Kauri Tree++*S (ARMCH Goodwood Kenya+S x Goodwood Helvetica*D) SD: Goodwood Guadalupe 4*D (Willow's By George x Goodwood Zippy Mariri 3*D)
DAM: ARMCH GOODWOOD WATER LILLY 2*D "VG"--2000 AGS National Champion Senior Doe & 2000, 2001, 2003 Top Ten Milker DS: Gay-Mor's RA Kingwood++*S (Stonewall's Raising Arizona++S x ARMCH Goodwood Trilium*D) DD: It'l Do's Chalktah*D (Goodwood Loganberry*S x Goodwood Hey Hey Paula)
DOB: 3/2/02 (Triplet)
HEIGHT: 20-1/2 inches at 17 months; Unofficial at 9 Years--22 inches
Tabby's genetics are precious, with roots in some of the most influential foundation lines of the Nigerian breed, and given that distinctiveness, we felt very fortunate to have had Tabby here as our primary herdsire. He was one of the last two buck kids born of the ARMCH Tom Thumb/ARMCH Water Lilly cross, so the relative rarity of his lines made him even more special.
Consistent with his name, which means a multi-coloured fabric, Water Tabby was a flashy black and rust buckskin heavily broken with white. He was a small and refined buck with a long, level topline and nicely angled rear legs. Tabby's front end showed excellent chest width and tight shoulders. He had wonderful dairy character and always passed on his wide ribbing and flat bones to his progeny. Tabby was also as sweet as he was handsome, another nice quality he universally passed on to his kids.
PROGENY UPDATE: Several Tabby daughters earned their AR's; one milked 900+ pounds as a two year old, under-twenty-inch second freshener! In the tradition of Rosasharn, his daughters showed nice butterfat figures too. As well, Tabby passed along his correct dairy refinement; see his AGS "E"-rated son, ARMCH/GCH Dawnland Tabby's Halifax+S+B, now deceased, but last standing as herdsire at Dragonfly Farm; his 2007 son, Rosasharn's WT B-Bo*S, now deceased, but previously siring at Rosasharn Farm, his 2007 daughters, B-Na and B-Trix, also at Rosasharn; or his daughters and two sons here, several of whom are pictured below.
Tabby's FIRST First-Freshening (Yearling) Daughter, Dawnland Tabby's 2Step--June 2004--Photos Courtesy of Cheryle Moore-Smith
In 2005, Dawnland Tabby's No Plain Jane*D (AR) Milked Over 900 Pounds As An Under-Twenty-Inch, Two Year Old Second Freshener!
Photos Courtesy of Carlene Wheeler
Dawnland Tabby's Sashay (Tabby x Inavale Boot Scoot)--A Typical Daughter Showing Length of Body, Lots of Dairy Character, and a High, Tight, and Widely-Attached Udder. Photo at Age Four, Milked Out.
ARMCH/GCH Halifax+S++B "E", Now Deceased. Photo at 3 Years, Courtesy of Joanne Karohl
2007 Daughter, Dawnland Tabby's Morning Glory--Second Freshening Udder/Six Days in Milk
Dawnland Tabby's Duncan, 2010 Son Out of Morning Star Dixie Chick. His litter sister is just as comely, winning her class all five times shown as a first freshening yearling, earning two Reserve Grands thus far, and LA'ing "90" in 2013 as a third freshener. Yearling Photo.
Duncan's Full (Year Younger) Sister, Pictured as a Second Freshener
Dawnland Tabby's Sundari 2015 LA-90 EEEV (2011 Daughter Out of Lost Valley TB Checotah.) Photo Courtesy of Kyeema Ridge Farm.
Dawnland Tabby's Seneca (Dam: Lost Valley TB Checotah) Second Fresh Udder in 2012
Dawnland Tabby's Checkerspot, 2011 Son Out of TX Twincreeks WDF Butterfly Dance. Checkers is owned by our good friends, Dan and Glenys Gotthardt, and stands at Kyeema Ridge Farm in Michigan. We retained his equally gorgeous sister, Whirlabout, pictured below. Checkers' photo courtesy of the Gotthardts.
Spur of the Moment Showing After Eight Years Away From the Ring...Whirlabout, 2011 Daughter Out of TX Twincreeks Butterfly Dance, as a Four Year Old Third Freshener in 2015, Earned Her First Leg in Her Very First Show, Besting 26 Other Beautiful Does!
2012 Daughter Out of Kyeema Ridge MS Black Shadow. Photo Courtesy of Stonebroke Farm.
POPPY PATCH JC ROYAL REBEL
(Poppy Patch RC Jiminy Cricket x CH Poppy Patch FM Dutchess) 6/03/13 Twin
Rebel at Two Years: He is a very unassuming but conformationally correct buck, with excellent rump structure and width between the hocks.
THE UDDERS BEHIND THIS BOY THUMBNAILS--Click to Open
Left: Dam Middle: Maternal Granddam Right: Sire's Full Sister
Photos Courtesy of Poppy Patch Farm in Washington State
Dam: CH Poppy Patch FM Dutchess as a Third Freshener. Photo Courtesy of Poppy Patch Farm.
Dam to Dutchess: CH Poppy Patch RC Poppyseed as a Second Freshener. Photo Courtesy of Poppy Patch Farm.
Poppy Seed Full Sister Poppy Patch RC Cherish THUMBNAILS--Click to Open
Photos Courtesy of Poppy Patch Farm
Sire's Dam: CH Poppy Patch FM Betty Boop. Photo Courtesy of Poppy Patch Farm.
Sire's Full Sister: CH Poppy Patch Not Quite An Angel as a Second Freshener. Photo Courtesy of Poppy Patch Farm.
2016 Daughter Out of Dawnland Tabby's Whirlabout. Photo Courtesy of Cindy Bachand at Humble Acres in Maine.
POPPY PATCH JC ROYAL REBEL
SIRE: POPPY PATCH RC JIMINY CRICKET SS: Twin Creeks Rebel W/O A Cause*S++*B (MCH Twin Creeks BH Bay Watch++*S++B "E" x MCH/GCH Gay-Mor's JJU Nonpareil "E" 3*D 1*M 2007 LA-92 EEEE) SD: CH Poppy Patch FM Betty Boop (Ponders End The Full Monty x Esperanza RF Felicity) DAM: CH POPPY PATCH FM DUTCHESS DS: Ponders End The Full Monty (Twin Creeks BH Bravado*S x Twin Creeks Tres Colores) DD: CH Poppy Patch RC Poppy Seed (Twin Creeks Rebel W/O A Cause*S++*B x Esperanza ZZ Charity)
Roy is linebred on the Bay Watch/JJU Nonpareil cross, which has produced udders especially strong in medial and teat placement (not to mention capacity and attachments too!) He is an unassuming brown-and-white buck who has really blossomed during his second year here. At this point, Roy's really showing us his stuff: very strong in general conformation, powerful and wide, while standing well within the breed height standard. His dam and maternal granddam at Poppy Patch represent their heaviest milking doe lines and we anticipate that, in addition to beautiful udders, Roy will pass on excellent production to his daughters. We just loved Roy's first kid crop in 2016: four--three daughters and a son--offspring that showed Roy was able to leave the good alone and improve on the rest (the sign of a great buck!) We have retained his Dawnland Tabby's Whirlabout daughter and expect great things from her as she matures; she has the dairiness of her dam but with more strength and stature. Roy will be paired with some of our most promising does for 2017 kids: See the Kidding Schedule HERE.
DAWNLAND TCBB MONARCH
(TX Twincreeks SEM Blackberry*S*B x TX Twincreeks Butterfly Dance) 5/02/14 Twin
Monarch, in All His Rut Glory, at Age 2.5 Years. He has remained a fairly small buck, though powerful. We like his long body, tight front end and high withers, his brisket extension, and his dairy character (it's possible to grab handfuls of loosely folded skin.) Like his dam and sire, Monarch is also very low-key and sweet.
LEFT and RIGHT: 2014 Baby Pics
Really nice, long-bodied, long-boned buck combining the best of both parents THUMBNAILS--CLICK TO OPEN BELOW: Baby Pic of Litter Sister
2015 Daughter as a Yearling--Wow! Thanks to Sharon Churchill for the Photo.
Dawnland Monarch's Rebel Rebel--2016 Son, One of Triplet Bucks, Out of Dawnland Mohawk's Angel Eyes. Photo Courtesy of Emily Kern and Hickory Lane Farm in CT.
DAWNLAND TCBB MONARCH
SIRE: TX TWINCREEKS SEM BLACKBERRY*S*B SS: Lost Valley TB Seminole*S*B (ARMCH Lost Valley Tae-Bo +*S+*B "E" (91.4)--2009 and 2010 AGS National Champion Buck X MCH/GCH Lost Valley Sundancer 2*D 1*M "E" (91.6)--2008 DHI: 7.04--299--1129#--91 (8.1%)--59 (5.2%) SD: SG GCH/MCH Little Rascals Black Dahlia 2*D 1*M 2009 LA-92 EEEE (at Age 10) (Flat Rocks Flash +S "E" x Piddlin Acres Miss Kitty*D "E") DAM: TX TWINCREEKS WDF BUTTERFLY DANCE DS: MCH/CH Pecan Hollow Willy's Dance Fever*S 2007 LA-91 EEE (Rosasharn Tom's Bit-A-Willy*S x MCH/PGCH Little Rascals Dance For Joy*D) DD: MCH/GCH Twin Creeks WB Madam Butterfly 2*D 1*M "VG" 2007 LA-90, VVEE (MCH Goodwood Weisbaden+S "E" x MCH/PGCH Raha Acres Twink's Pixie*D "E")
DOB: 5/02/14 (Twin) Our handsome Monarch combines the best of both his sire and dam, being small but strong, long-bodied, and with tons of dairy character. Pairing his good looks with a pedigree that reads like the "Who's Who" of old foundation Texas genetics, we expect him to be a valuable asset to our breeding program. In 2015, Monarch bred only one doe: Piddlin Acres W Rosemary (more of those good strong old Texas lines!) and produced three lovely kids. Monarch improved length and levelness of topline, shoulder set, rear angularity, and escutcheon width, while keeping Rosemary's dairiness intact. For 2016, he was used with two of our best does, Kyeema Ridge MS Black Shadow, and her daughter, Dawnland Mohawk's Angel Eyes. The resulting five kids were lovely and we kept Shadow's two beautiful does. They are maturing to be clones of Black Shadow in many ways, though both show a body style very similar to their paternal granddam,SG GCH/MCH Little Rascals Black Dahlia 2*D 1*M 2009 LA-92 EEEE (at Age 10)--See her HERE. We are very thankful to have retained Monarch and anticipate pairing him with Royal Rebel daughters as time goes on.
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