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An appreciation of an old friend…

SHRA Virtual’s Reality in the summer of 2001, soon after arriving here at her new home as a juvenile. Insets: Reality posing later in ’01 with her loot from that year’s AOBA National Show, and looking rather pissed off at me in August 2012 as she nurses a newborn CCNF Magistrate.

With heavy hearts . . . → Read More: An appreciation of an old friend…

Weaner, weaner on the wall…

Why we waited to do the 3rd round of weaning for the 2012 birth class until the coldest day yet in January was perhaps lost on all of us but oh, well. There were some monsters in this group too, with several of them near or over the 100 lb. mark. Of all the criticisms . . . → Read More: Weaner, weaner on the wall…

Letting go…

Snowmass Legacy Gold in 2007 at Tripping Gnome Farm.

There were some heavy hearts around here late yesterday afternoon. Though we had known it was coming for quite some time, yesterday was a tough one as we finally made the decision to put down both Legacy Gold and 5P Cangalli.

LG, who had lost . . . → Read More: Letting go…

Baby Bells

Bellafina's Precocious daughter born last week.

One of the trends that we’ve really started to see play out here at CCNF over the past 4 or 5 months has been the clustering of mother-daughter (Magdalena along with her adult daughters Johanna and Lilah, Reality and her daughters Nutmeg and Acomani, Sugar Snow and Sugar . . . → Read More: Baby Bells

Speaking of the Reality line…

CCNF Wayfarer

This is starting to sound like a broken record. Not since the ascension of the powerful birth class of 2003 (it produced Archangel and Golden Sovereign amongst others) have we had a crop of such exciting young homegrown Herdsires all come online in one year here at CCNF. Though we have obviously . . . → Read More: Speaking of the Reality line…

Rounding into form: CCNF Wayfarer

CCNF Wayfarer: 2011 Empire Extravaganza Fawn Male Champion. Photograph by Doug Herrmann

Amongst the many gratifying results we achieved last weekend in Syracuse was the win by our Ring of Fire son, CCNF Wayfarer. Though he had always been in the mix so to speak since he first joined our show string as a . . . → Read More: Rounding into form: CCNF Wayfarer

The graphically-intense, gratuitous cria photo post

Mailing it in? Perhaps. The title rather says it all, as will the general lack of non graphic-based content. Some times when writer’s block hits it’s best to just go with it. Thankfully, as I was out shooting some pics of new sales animals we’re getting ready to list, I was also able to get . . . → Read More: The graphically-intense, gratuitous cria photo post

Sisters that birth out together stay together?

Nutmeg and her newborn female cria yesterday afternoon

There are certain maternal lines within our breeding program that we really cannot get enough of. 5P Cangalli and her daughters Enchantress, Ascension, Requiem, and now littlest sister Sovereign Gemm fall into that category. Likewise for PP Jesusa, her wonder-kids Magdalena and Golden Sovereign, their sister . . . → Read More: Sisters that birth out together stay together?

Shared Custody Agreement

Two mamas are better than one: CCNF Octavio, November 2010

So there we were back in August eagerly awaiting the due date of arguably the most valuable colored female on our farm, Reality (SHRA Virtual’s Reality if you seek her out on ARI). How important was/is she to us and our big picture? We . . . → Read More: Shared Custody Agreement