Black Mesa Ranch
Snowflake, Arizona, USA
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Each year we honor one of our first-time milkers (AKA First Fresheners) with the coveted Black Mesa Ranch Best First Freshener award (BFF). We look at milk production, conformation, attitude, and much more. Here is a list of the winners and what they have accomplished since then.
2004 - Coriander
Cory was the first goat to ever be awarded the BMR BFF award. In 2008 Cory kidded with quintuplets and went on to become an ADGA Top Ten Breed Leader by being the 6th highest milk producing Nubian in the country, as well as the 6th highest producer of milk protein and the 7th highest producer of butterfat. Cory was a much valued member of our herd. Sadly we lost her in 2010 due to kidding complications.
2005 - Sassafras
Sassy will always be a favorite. She has a lovely udder and great dairy attitude. She always loved to be the "Demo Goat" for our open houses and tours. Sassy was such a hit with one group of school kids that we could hear the children yelling, "Bye, Sassy" all the way down the half mile driveway and we could see them hanging out of the bus windows waving their farewell to her. Since then when Sassy was done in the milking parlor we would give her a rousing chorus of "Bye, Sassy" as she ate a few animal crackers on her way out. Sassy has now gone to Sandplum Creek farm in OK to be a brood doe for the Nubian herd there.
2006 - Cinnamon
Cinnamon is a Superior Genetics doe with lovely, easy milking teats and soft pliable udder. She was a real favorite for teaching people how to milk. Sadly, in 2010 Cinnamon had a tough pregnancy and damaged her sciatic nerves making it hard for her to move around. She was retired from her milking duties and sadly passed away a year later.
2007 - Award not given
Sometimes deciding which doe will receive this coveted award is easy and sometimes it is hard. 2007 was a hard year because none of the first fresheners lived up to our expectations. We reluctantly decided not to give out the award that year. Funny thing is that both of the girls under consideration, Mallow (pictured at the right) and Espeez (pictured to the left) are amazingly productive does, earning high LA scores and milking awards. In fact, both of these does have now earned their ADGA Superior Genetics titles and Espeez has been named an Elite Doe by the USDA four times in a row.
2008 - Ripley
Ripley has grown into a real beauty. At two years old she scored 91 EEEE on linear appraisal, which is an amazingly high score. (90 and above are considered Excellent, which is also what the "E"s stand for). She also earned her Superior Genetics title. Ripley is a show goat, always posing and looking great. She is a really well rounded, beautiful girl. Ripley worked hard for us here, but she was "stolen away" from us by a very persistent rancher that loves her and wants to start a dairy goat herd. Ripley will be a foundation doe for this new herd.
2009 - Lillith
Deciding on the BFF for 2009 was a no-brainer. Lillith took an early lead and never looked back. Lillith is a stunning girl with great attitude, wonderful, easy milking udder, and lots of pizzazz. Lillith has great strength blended nicely with lovely dairy character. Lillith has been awarded her Superior Genetics title by the American Dairy Goat Association.
2010 - Violet
Year of the Young Guns
As stated above, sometimes the decisions are hard. This year we had so many great yearlings vying for this title that we needed some help from an expert. Luckily, Sandy Riehle of Reuel Dairy Goats agreed to help us with this task. Even Sandy, an experience breeder and dairy goat judge had a hard time deciding between some of the contenders. After reviewing milk records, linear appraisal scores, attitudes, and style, the decision was made. Dom, Mariah, and Grace all gave Violet some strong competition, but Violet won the award for her great milk production, confirmation, and willingness to milk. It didn't hurt that she kissed up a bit to the judge!
2011 - Spring Thyme
Year of the Hooligans
It was a really tough year with four great contenders, Joy, Brill, China Doll, and Spring Thyme. All the girls did such a great job in the milking parlor that we had a hard time deciding. Finally after much thought, research, and observing Spring Thyme was awarded the BMR Best First Freshener medallion. Earlier in the year Spring also won the BMR Best Surprise Award for 2011 for surpassing our expectations of her so dramatically. Spring has become the first doe to wear two medallions on her collar - and she does so proudly. Her mom, Cinnamon was our 2006 BFF. Milking is what this girl is destined to do.
2012 - Tally Ho
Year of the Rapscallions
Tally is Brill's daughter. Brill almost won the BFF award last year but was edged out by Spring Thyme. Now Tally has brought home the trophy. She has a great teat set, fun attitude, and milks as much as we expect the senior does to give. She is going to be a real asset to our dairy.
Tally is sired by Goldthwaite Exotic Affair. She is one of his first daughters to freshen in our herd and we are delighted that his offspring are so productive, good tempered, and beautiful.
Year of the Miscreants
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