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GCH ASU Desert Bertha *M
Excerpts from, Dairy Goat Journal, March 1984, Article
An Amazing Lady,
GCH ASU Desert Bertha, by Dee Whisenhunt,
Chino Valley, Arizona.
Photos from the 1975 and 1976 ADGA Yearbbooks. Picture
at 14 from Dairy Goat Journal
Photo was scanned from the 1975 ADGA
Yearbook, Volume 21, Thanks to Donna Palmer.
Photo scanned from the 1976 ADGA Yearbook, Volume 22, books
courtesy of Donna Palmer.
The following excerpts are from the Dairy Goat
Journal, March 1984, Article, An Amazing Lady, GCH
ASU Desert Bertha, by Dee Whisenhunt,
- S: *B Cadillac Carlos Vance
D: ASU Desert Babs
Bertha was off to a very unimpressive beginning., She was
sold at an auction in Phoenix at six weeks old for $35.
Three months later she was given to Don and Elaine Hodge,
who took her in with skepticism. "Frankly" said Elaine,
"Bertha did not look like much as a kid, in fact,, she still
looked so mediocre as a two year old that we almost sold
Berta was slow to mature. As she freshened for the fourth
year she burst into bloom. She devastated Nubians in the
Arizona showring for the next two years.
She went on to produce offspring that had wide impact on the
dairy goat industry. Her son GCH +*B Hodge-Podge Bertha's
Henry came from the obscurity of a small 4-H herd to
classify at 3-05 EX 91 (92 90 90) and to carry Rancho
Horizon to World-Wide recognition by his showring wins,
siring of five GCH sons and two GCH daughters and being
named International Nubian Breeders Assoc. 1983 All-American
Slow to mature like Bertha, daughter
GCH Hodge-Podge Bertha's Sugar was sold five
times before she was four years-old for $100 or
less and experienced the embarrassment of still
being dismissed from large classes at shows. Yet
not to be outdone by brother Henry, Sugar bloomed
as a four year-old and went on to win 23 official
shows, including the 1980 and 1981 ADGA Nationals,
to classify at 6-06 EX93 (91 92 93 94) to milk at
4-11 328 3210 130 4% and produced GCH Sugar Daddy
and INBA All-American Sweet Alyssum.
Most of Bertha's offspring were in small herds
usually 4-H, but her son Dark Image, emerged to
sire GCH +*B Price O The Field Duncan and
another son Crown Prince, sired 1983, Top Ten doe,
L Slash 7 Daizy II.
Did you know?
"For history buffs, Mrs. J.C. Lincoln,
Scottsdale, AZ, built the Desert herd
during the 1940's and produced the famous
doe, Desert Noella, who won the American
Goat Society championship five years in a
row in the 1950's. In the late 1960's,
Mrs. Lincoln donated the herd to the
Arizona State University (hence the ASU
A graduate student at ASU was so
impressed with both the Evania and
Cadillac herds the she talked the
university into obtaining a buck from the
Proctors (Cadillac herd) that was a first
generation descendant from Evania and this
is the background that produced
**Quoted from the article.
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