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5 year old Opal (3 pics above)

Yearling Opal

SG Ash Creek Precious Black Opal (Opal) 1*M Elite Doe
Born 2/1/2011

 ADGA # PN1571555

CAE Status: Negative

G6S Status: Normal

Tested A/B for Alpha s1 Casein

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

DHIR Milk Test Results:
Year Age Days in Milk Milk Lbs. Daily Milk Avg Fat Lbs. Fat % Pro Lbs. Pro %
2012 1-02 241 1800 7.5 70 3.9 65 3.6
2013 2-02 275 2820 10.3 126 4.5 117 4.1
2014 3-01 295 2530 8.6 118 4.7 96 3.8
2015 4-01 326 2150 6.6 128 6.0 86 4.0
2016 5-01 210 1720 8.2 105 6.1 62 3.6
2016 Lactation Is Now Complete

Spring 2018:

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.

Summer 2017:

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. 

Summer 2016:

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.

Summer 2015:

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.

Summer 2014:

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...

Summer 2013:

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!

 Summer 2012:

Opal has grown very long and elegant.  She is an ultra dairy doe and is doing great as a first freshening yearling. 

 Summer 2011:

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)