Key Hill FF Smoke On The Water
Sire - Furthur FireOnTheMountain
Dam - Knotty Ash Hilda of Sweden *M
DOB - February 27, 2022
Fire + Hilda's breeding was one of the most exciting ones for us this year. We knew from the get go the two of them would produce something special together. Hilda was a FF, so we had it in our minds that any bucklings she had would be wethered. She delivered quads, 2 bucks and 2 does and we were ecstatic!
We started watching Smoke almost right from birth. The way he stood and carried himself was just too hard to ignore. We had already made the decision to retain both doelings from the breeding and it was looking more and more like Smoke was going to stay intact and be sold as a buck, which is not something we take lightly.
We did a 12 hour fill on Hilda at 3 weeks and we were blown away by her attachments, her teat placement and her capacity! We started prepping her for milk testing along with a group of older does and she was milking out almost 3 lbs every morning while still feeding her quads. Milk test day came and her final number was 5.73 lbs, easily earning her a milk star!
All this time, we continued to watch Smoke grow out. At 8 weeks he moved over to the buck yard and the decision was made to keep him intact. We ALMOST sold him when something held us back and we decided to keep him here.
Smoke should be AMAZING. The cross between two of our favourite bucks here tells us this boy is going to shine. He is already long and level and carries himself loud and proud with the utmost confidence, which is something we love to see in our bucks. We cannot wait to see how this little guy matures!
Photo courtesy of Joanne Karohl, Dragonfly Farm