Not everything on a farm always goes as planned, and we were heartbroken by our herdsire loss of *B CH Bramblestone Celtic Quinn on 11/11/17 to a freak set of accidents.
Celtic was the born on Bramblestone Farm 5/08/2014 so he was a still a very young buck. But, he came from excellent bloodlines and so already had 3 Grand Champion wins under 3 different judges thereby making him a Permanent Champion.
He was a gentle but mischievous buck and I thought that he would live a long, long life and never leave Bramblestone Farm. On Friday morning we found him in his pen with his back leg broken and dangling below the hock. We don’t know how he did it, but he was in a lot of pain.
Our Veterinarian recommended that we take him to OSU (Ohio State University) Veterinary clinic because they were the only ones that were really set up to handle the situation. So, we drove him down 2 hours, they put him in a cast, said he should be as good as new in about 8 weeks, and to come back the next day to pick him up.
But, when we got there to get him, he had chewed through his catheter and bled to death. It seems like such a waste. I will miss him – he was the first herdsire born on the farm that we retained. He was also the first buck we really worked with in the show ring and he made us proud by being such a gentleman.
If there is any good news, it’s that before he left he was bred to Bramblestone Pal Chai Tea, Bramblestone Sun Tea 4*D, Bramblestone Cal Caramel Corn, and Wild Wind Farm Cal Avalon. The kidding schedule is HERE. The Bramblestone does will all be here kidding in the spring, so hopefully we’ll see lots of spotted little goat kids running around. Avalon is going to California and I hope she has beautiful spotted kids too.
I did not think that we’d have the opportunity to reproduce Celtic, but the day after he passed away – his dam (3*M Buttin’Heads Calligraphy *D) came back into heat (we thought she’d already been bred). Our incredibly generous friend Cindy from Wild Wind Farm let us take her back and do a repeat breeding to their buck *B CH Old Mountain Farm QuentinQuinn (aka Q).
The Cally x Q breeding is the same one that produced Celtic, so although we don’t know what will happen, it made my heart a little lighter after such a senseless loss. RIP my beautiful, spotted boy 🙁