These are some of the great bucks and does whose genetics have made up the present GHK herd. Some of the bucks have lived here and some are presented for reference. All of the does have done, and a few still do, herd mother duty here on the farm.
I first saw Iron Horse, a son of Onyx, when he was a yearling while visiting with a fellow breeder. He caught my eye immediately and I owned him about 15 minutes later. This has proved to be one of the best snap judgments I ever made. In his prime he stood about belt buckle tall to a 6 foot man and weighed 320 on the scales. We recognized his potential but also recognized that he would have to have the top does to go to the top of the breed. We have traveled thousand of miles and spent quite a few dollars to bring home the does that could express his potential. Although he is gone we have semen for sale and will be offering a limited number of AI sons and daughters in the future.
Onyx was an all black son of Tasman Zorro. All of his sons and daughters that I have seen were really big framed goats. He was the sire of Iron Horse but also sired several does that did a great job for us, especially when crossed with Loverboy sons. These daughters have all been gone for several years, but a few years ago we were able to get a few straws of Onyx semen and have bred one yearling solid black doe that looks to follow in the footsteps of her sisters from prior generations.
Tasman Zorro It was before my time but the story I have heard from some of the early breeders is that T. Zorro was the first American Kiko. The story goes that all of the original imports were white although the New Zealand Kikos were all colors. It was hoped that the white color would help with breed recognition, but one of the white import does laid down in the quarantine lot and gave birth to this black buck. If you look at pedigrees that go back far enough, you will see that his sire is listed as Goatex Phantom. There was no such goat. It was certain that his sire was one of the imported New Zealand bucks, outstanding individuals all, but no one knew which one! His sons and daughters were BIG, hardy, and tough. Although not mean they tended to have a "Give me my space, I'll give you yours" attitude.
Sunboy 117 alias Loverboy, a son of Moneymaker, was probably the most outstanding sire of great does the breed has known. We have been fortunate to have owned several of his daughters and granddaughters over the years and they have always been near the top of the herd for reproductive performance, maternal traits, and kid raising ability. We now have several AI daughters and granddaughter by way of Cherokee Fiddler. If you need to increase the doe side of your performance visit with us about his granddaughters.
Cherokee Fiddler is a son of Loverboy and out of the doe P 21. Both parents are well known for passing on maternal traits and Fiddler has proven to be the outstanding doe maker we hoped he would be. His daughters are medium framed but very muscular while also being very feminine. More important to how they look, they kid in the pasture and start their kids without help and would fight a grizzly bear for their kids if needed. He now serves as our senior sire.
Sunboy Stanton, alias Nick, is also a son of Moneymaker. We have had outstanding success with his daughters over the years and still own a few, although they are getting pretty long in the tooth. His big framed, heavy milking daughters cross well with Loverboy or Blue's Son male line.
Broadway Joe is the son of Iron Horse and Tasman Toia. Both of his parents died of old age when he was about 50 days old and he cried for a few days and then went right on, thriving on solid food and a little help from Linda. The picture was taken at about 6 month of age. He is a yearling now and his first kids from a test breeding will arrive in the fall of 2015. His story is yet to be written, but with a story like his and two of the best parents in the breed we have no doubt it will be a good one.
Tasman Toia was the greatest doe we ever owned and perhaps the greatest doe the breed ever knew. She lived to be 15 years old producing kids all the way. Look at her bag in the picture taken when she was 13 years old. Until about the last year of her life she was a good enough forager to keep herself and her kids in good shape in the pasture with the younger does although she had no teeth left. In her later years her daughters became very valuable as breeder recognized the worth of her longevity. Although she finally gave it up in 2014, she lives on in our herd through several great daughters by Loverboy and Iron Horse and by her final issue Broadway Joe.
TAY 45 was the best of the many good Loverboy daughter we were fortunate enough to use. She set a herd record in her prime with the help of Iron Horse. Although only a 125 to 130 pound doe she weaned 184 pounds of kids at 90 days with no creep feed. That year she raised triplets, all having weaning weights of 60 + pounds! She is now gone but lives on in a daughter we kept by Iron Horse.
P 21 was a daughter of Sunboy Waco 139 and Pudden by Loverboy. She is a full sister to buck test record setter Titan and the mother of GHK Cherokee fiddler. Her strong maternal traits are combined with those of Loverboy through the magic of artificial insemination and passed on through her son Cherokee Fiddler.
Lady Blackbird is a granddaughter of Tasman Zorro and a granddaughter of Terminator XX. She has raised many outstanding daughters by Iron Horse and is now raising a pair of daughters by Cherokee Fiddler
GHK Bonnie is a daughter of Blue's Son out of a top daughter of Loverboy. Blue's Son is the only line I have found with maternal traits that rival those of the Loverboy line. Bonnie, therefore represents the best maternals on both sides. Additionally she gets a lot of color with many bright spotted kids. When she is bred back to Cherokee Fiddler, I just don't know how you can breed for better doe potential.