*B Barnowl Blade

American white, DOB: 02/2011

Linear Appraisal

  • 1-4 FS87 VVV
  • 3-4 FS90 VEE

Behind the Name

  • Admittedly, we haven't watched the movie, but Blade is named after the 1998 vampire superhero with Wesley Snipes.

S: ++*B SG Kastdemur’s Tach Lach
SS: *B Kastdemur’s Sting
SD: SGCH Kastdemur’s Evian 3*M
D: SGCH Barnowl Buffy 2*M
DS: ++*B Quixote Jo’s Monet
DD: SGCH Barnowl Bewitched *M
Blade’s ADGA Genetics Pedigree

We have been super excited about this buck since he was a kid. And wow, we were right to be excited! Blade has quickly become one of the most consistent herdsires we have ever used. I dare say, at least in our herd, he is even more consistent than his famous father Tach. Because of his dam’s side, we consider Blade first and foremost to be an “udder buck” and has certainly shown to be able to improve mammary attachments and capacity. Thanks to Tach though he also has been super consistent in maintaining or improving stylish general appearance, as well as dairy strength.  

Blade is a very large-framed, wedgy buck with great spring of ribs, dairy character throughout, a strong head, lots of width throughout, and very solid feet and legs.  He is easily our tallest buck being a giant among giants and has continued to balance his dairy character with strength of bone in a way that just makes him one very solid, but elegant buck. His full sister Carmilla is one of our most successful does currently and in our herd’s history, having picked up over a dozen Best Udder of Breed awards, placing 1st place/1st udder 5/6 year old at the 2015 ADGA National Show, and then winning our first “big senior ribbon” with a National Reserve Best Udder recognition. We are unfortunately not on test, but our monthly weighings and one-day tests track her at an average 13 pounds of milk per day.  

Blade’s first kids were on the ground in 2012–mostly bucks like all of our 2012 kids–and they were very stylish, correct kids with lots of dairy character.   We freshened our first Blade daughter, Barnowl Quill as a milking yearling in summer 2013, and she was just the kind of young doe we like: immature with great bones, lots of room to grow, and a truly beautiful mammary.  By 2015, Quill had truly blossomed into a powerful 3 year old that easily finished her championship and placed well in her National Show age class. In 2015, yearling milkers Yulia and Red Ecstasy further demonstrated Blade’s ability to really improve mammary structure, while maintaining strong, dairy general appearance. And now in 2016, three more daughters have freshened all with exceptional mammary systems, including Barnowl Auriga, an Aurelia daughter whose large, level frame harkens back to her grandmother Fish and whose rear udder looks very much like Carmilla’s as a first freshener. 

We are excited to continue using Blade to help maintain the characteristic large-framed, very dairy, and beautiful mammaried does that Barnowl has become known for. The only trait he sometimes struggles to produce is that “dinner plate” levelness of rump from hips to pins that we have seen come down from Monet, nevertheless, Blade rumps are repeatedly long, wide, and flat from thurl to thurl and toplines are level across chine and loan. Keeping this in mind, virtually every mature doe in our herd either has been or will be bred to Blade in coming years, we’ve never been a herd to do many repeat breedings, but when they are coming out this consistently we haven’t shied away from repeating breedings to Blade multiple years in a row. We also have recognized the incredible power of using the “Magic line” on the sire side, which has led us to keeping Bewitched’s last son Occult, as well as leasing Presto and Copperfield

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