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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 article.


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.

S: *B Cadillac Carlos Vance
D: ASU Desert Babs
The following excerpts are from the Dairy Goat Journal, March 1984, Article, An Amazing Lady, GCH ASU Desert Bertha, by Dee Whisenhunt, Chino Valley, Arizona. 

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 her."

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 Sire.

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?

Bertha at 14

"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 Desert herd).
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 Bertha."

**Quoted from the article.


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