Continuing my first freshener parade with my favorite yearlings - Velvet and Harvest. We lost their dam to polio not long after they were born so they had become even more special to me since Autumn was very promising and we still miss her. Harvest is spitting image of her dam but Velvet has her coloring. They are both wide and while I have always considered Velvet the larger of the two and Harvest the refined one, I think they have just about evened out at 14 months old now.
They are Dakota daughters and a perfect example how this buck plays on strong points of the dam yet infusing his own signature mark in his off springs. I know genetically this is not as simple but we have truly observed each set of his kids to be an improvement over their dam with body style and head shape that is so characteristic of Dakota. Love them and hope to build my herd on as many Dakota daughters as I can fit :)
They also continue a funny trend, as littermate sisters they are bred to the same buck to kid on the same day and I have to say, these are the two does in my herd that I am the most excited about - both the babies they are carrying and the little udders they are forming. When folks ask me who I think I will be letting go this year from the junior group, in my head it's likely anyone but these two. I just don't see myself parting with either one of them and hope they won't prove me wrong with an udder quality that just won't justify keeping them in my breeding program. With what is shaping up, Velvet appears to be copying her dam's udder with plenty of width in the rear arch and long teats. Harvest is throwing a fun spin on a very similar udder but more distinctive in the medial, globular shape and centered teat placement.
Velvet ..... a week from due date.
Harvest .... one week from due date.