GCH Olentangy Recon Arzen 9*M
ARZEN is probably the most unique pedigreed doe in the adult herd at the moment. Her story & it's development in my breeding program is worth the lengthy explanation. I judged the 2016 Minnesota State Fair and it was a great research opportunity judging such a large Alpine competition. I was inspired by a beautiful produce-of-dam group that included the 1st place milking yearling & 2 year-olds so afterwards, I ordered a buck. RECON was born and shipped west and I was ready to try my first real outcross breedings on the majority of my herd the following breeding season. For some reason, I didn't DNA type RECON until the fall, after I had bred a number of does to him...my mistake. The results were his sire did not qualify and so the parentage conundrum began. His breeders were very cooperative and the correct sire was identified. He ended up being a totally unproven buck, one that actually was more related to my herd than the outcross I originally wanted (I wanted a ROCHESTER son). Soured by the experience, I didn't have much interest in keeping any of his kids. The only reason ARZEN stayed was I sold ARANY's daughter the previous year (ANTEBELLUM) & regretted it the moment I said yes to sell her to an excited youth member (see how well she turned out below lower right!). Moral to the story, always DNA type & parentage verify any buck you keep or buy BEFORE you use him to breed even one doe!
As a kid, ARZEN's first show was at the competitive, and large-classed Minnesota State Fair. She won her class (pictured lower left) and then again at the Washington State Fair where she was also RGCH. She earned her junior, restricted, leg as a Junior Yearling at her first show of the year with a BIS win. She freshened in May 2019 with another incredible, ADELE-family mammary. The dimensions of this doe-line's mammary systems are incredible. Three consecutive generations of scores OVER 40 in fore udder (FU), rear udder height (RUH) & even more rare, rear udder arch (RUA)! Her linear trait mammary scores are that of a truly excellent mammary but she was only 53 days in milk and the score was limited to Very Good. I've been pretty perplexed by this justification ever since and all I can do is hold my breath all year until she is appraised again, hoping nothing adverse happens in the meantime so that her correctness can be rewarded with the proper score.
Her 2019 daughter by AMBITION is a lot like her and will be a junior yearling for us in 2020. Pictured below is ADELE, ARANY & ANTEBELLUM all at age 2...three generations of incredible mammary correctness rarely seen in the national landscape.
Mark V. Baden