Emerald C Ranch

Emerald C Ranch

Emerald C Ranch IR Hematite (AKA Ronald) Grand, Best of Breed, Best in Show, Ring 3 2015 CTDGA Buck Bonanza!
One of our herd sires, CH Emerald C Ranch IR Hematite (AKA Ronald) LA 2016 90

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September 11, 2017
Congratulations are due to our very own CH Emerald C Ranch IR Hematite, who earned his permanent champion title this past Spring, having won a total of three sanctioned Grand Champions.

A belated congratulations is also due to a doe, Emerald C Ranch Snowflake Obsidian, who now lives on Revalation Ranch in South Texas. She earned a milking star when I had her on test in 2014, but I didn't realize it until this year! Sorry Snowflake! She would actually be the very first star earned on our ranch.

We are on DHI milk test again this year and Emerald C Ranch FR Lumachelle has also now earned her milk star and we have two more possible candidates. We should know more on those two later this year.

We were late with our 2016 herd testing because I was trying to do all of the blood draws myself, so it actually happened in early 2017. In any case, all breeding stock tested came back negative (CAE for all tested and Johnes/CL for those new to the herd). Due to our new barns being built as well as other things going on in our lives, we will not be able to attend any shows this Fall. We hope to be back in the show circuit for Spring of 2018.

The kidding schedule has been updated for Spring 2018! As always keep your eye on our Facebook page late February/early March for new kid pictures and let me know if your interested in any of them.

We do have a few bucks available for sale now, wethers always available, and possibly a few does in the coming months. Check out the Sale Barn for more information, and as always keep an eye on Facebook for the latest updates.

September 25, 2016
The State Fair of Texas Dairy Goat show is this Sunday! We'll be there with one of our new milk does (see more on that below) and three juniors Friday-Sunday.

Also, the ADGA Convention is in Austin, TX this year!! I can't miss that and am looking forward to an awesome time learning and being around like-minded people.

The past spring show season has taught us that 1) there are some really great Nigerian Dwarf goats out there, the breed has come very far in becoming a dairy animal and 2) we need to work on our udder capacity! So, to help us move in that direction, thanks to Short on Heaven farm, we purchased additional TX Twincreeks animals, Sophie Ann, Sookie and Molly. We also took on Dreahook Gucci Guilty and a new buck from Short on Heaven that we named Rubuck3, a play on his dam's name Tic Tac Doe.

April 20, 2016
We've got our show string lined up and are planning to attend the RRDGA show May 7 in Gainesville, TX, the Heart of Oklahoma show May 14 in Norman, OK, the Heartland NDGA show May 27-29 in Norman, OK, the CTDGA show June 4 in Ft Worth, TX, and finally the Arbuckle Classic on June 18 in Sulphur, OK.

If your looking to participate in any of these shows, its not too late! Check the entry deadlines. For the Heartland show on Memorial Day weekend, there is NO DEADLINE, NO LATE FEES! You could even show up at the barn Friday afternoon and enter at that time. This show is near and dear to my heart, not only because I am the current treasurer/secretary, but also because it is a Nigerian Dwarf only show, includes bucks, wethers and dry does (which is becoming so rare these days), gives special recognition to the youth, provides up to 7 chances to win for youth and 4 chances for open, has NDGA shows as well as dual sanctioned ADGA/AGS shows, and has a friendly atmosphere with a catered dinner and raffle Saturday night.

Thank you to Jan Nelson of Buffalo Clover Farm for allowing us to participate in the 2016 Linear Appraisal. We got outstanding scores of 90 for two of our animals and also received an Excellent across the board for one of our Young Stock, Emerald C Agate Drusy. This tells me that we are on the right track of meeting one of our goals to improve the Nigerian Dwarf breed, creating an ideal homestead milking goat. Here are our final scores...
Bucks:

  • Milkman VEE 88
  • IR Hematite EEV 90
  • Mahogany VV+ 85
  • Heliodor VEV 87
Does:
  • Fairy Dust VEEV 88 (her last score in 2014 was 90, we'll try her again next year for a better permanent score)
  • Fiore Lumachelle (2nd Fresh) EEVV 90
  • Delta Alluvium (2nd Fresh) VEVV 89
  • Pumpkin (2nd Fresh) EEVV 88
  • Fire Agate (1st Fresh) VV++ 85
  • Percha (1st Fresh) +VV+ 83
  • Quartz (1st Fresh) +VV+ 84
  • Tourmaline (1st Fresh) V+VV 87
  • Holly (1st Fresh) +EV+ 85
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