5 year old Opal (3 pics above)
SG Ash Creek Precious Black Opal (Opal) 1*M Elite Doe
ADGA # PN1571555
CAE Status: Negative
G6S Status: Normal
ADGA Superior Genetics Award
2014 USDA-DHIR Elite Doe - 95%
Linear Appraisal Score:
84 VE++ at 1 year old
84 VV++ at 3 years old
88 VEEV at 4 years old
90 VEEV at 5 years old
International Nubian Breeders Awards (INBA)
INBA Silver Milk Certificate (2014 - BF & Pro)
INBA Bronze Milk Certificate (2014 - Milk)
INBA Bronze Milk Certificate (2015 - Milk)
INBA Bronze Milk Certificate (2016 - Pro)
INBA Silver Milk Certificate (2016 - BF)
INBA Excellence in Linear Appraisal Award
INBA Lifetime Achievement Award
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|2016 Lactation Is Now Complete|
Back in her youth, Opal got into the poisonous Silverleaf Nightshade that grows around here. Since then she has had some problems with her mobility. But a few days ago she lost the ability to even get up. It was a very fast decline and we were incredibly sad to say Good-Bye to our old friend.
She had quite an accomplished career here at Black Mesa Ranch and we are proud to have had her in our herd. I’ll raise a glass of champagne in her memory – and (sadly) get to drink the whole thing without sharing it with her.
Opal started losing weight last year so we let her have this year off to regain her condition. She looks great now and we look forward to her starting back to work again next year.
I knew she could do it and she did!!! Opal has scored as Excellent on her Linear Appriasal this year! I've always known she was a beauty. She has matured very nicely and is very productive. She is also easy going and friendly.
Of course, when she earned her score of Excellent Opal shared my glass of Champagne. OK, she didn't really share, she chugged the whole thing. She deserved it.
We had a very hard linear appraisal this year. But Opal really wowed the appraiser and got a very nice score. She has really matured well and is milking great. However, not only does Opal still want my wine, she likes my lemonade as well.
Opal continues to be both productive and stylish. She is a very friendly doe and really enjoys her job. Thankfully, she has finally given up expecting to share my evening glass of wine. Well, almost given it up...
Opal is a doll. She is sweet and friendly, loves her job, and is very good at it. She is consistently one of our best milkers - and that takes some doing! She has great udder texture and milks out quickly.
Opal has received her Superior Genetics Title!
Opal has grown very long and elegant. She is an ultra dairy doe and is doing great as a first freshening yearling.
Opal comes to us due to the dispersal of the Ash Creek herd. Originally we were planning on just finding her a new home, but she charmed us with her good looks and interactive attitude. She is a sleek, eye catching young lady and we are happy to have her here.
Sire: Black Mesa Star Bucky *B
SS: SG Reuel Rhesa's JJ Rio Grande ++*B, 90 EVE, Elite Buck, INBA Outstanding Sire
SSS: SGCH Ladies Blue CMD Jesse James ++*B
SSD: SG Reuel Rufus’ Royal Rhesa 2*M, 90 EEEV
SD: Reuel Stella's RY Sassafras 2*M, 88 VV+E
SDS: Sire: Reuel Rufus' J.J. Ryan +*B
SDD: Reuel Stacey's AM Stella 1*M
Dam: Mirlswood Ash Creek Angie
DS: Black Mesa Col. Jack O'Neill *B
DSS: SG Lakeshore-Farms Mr. Bentley +*B, 91 EEE Elite Sire
DSD: SG Black Mesa Lea's Lavender 11*M
DD: Udderly Delighted Boysenberry 1*M
DDS: CH Kastdemur's Mr. Blackwell *B, 88 VEV
DDD: Udderly Delighted Blue Bell
5 month old Opal with Hazel of Witch Hazel Dairy
Opal at 5 months old
Yearling Opal during Linear Appraisal (4 pictures above)
3 year old Opal (3 pictures above)