Welcome to our website. We are located in Northern California in the small town of Sheridan, about 30 miles north of Sacramento. Like many of you, our adventure with these regal animals started as a 4-H project and grew from there. I owned Nubians in the 1970ís, but didnít start the current herd until 1996 when my sons wanted a 4-H project. Our herd name was developed using letters from our two-legged kids names (Brady, Nicole, and Curtis) hence the name Branicur. You may notice the colors of our website are reflective of both the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps. I am a proud two star Blue Star Mom and take every opportunity to show it. The herd is kept small, usually no more than 15 does kidding per year, due to our busy family life. The result is a small, select herd of Nubians that we are quite proud of. 

The herd has done well in the show ring over the years. We donít travel far when showing, so have only attended two National shows, both in Sacramento. The first was in 1999, not long after we began raising our show herd. We did well, especially with SGCH Black Storm, who was 1st place yearling milker with 2nd udder. Little did we know at the time that she would be attending the Nationals exactly 10 years later and placing 3rd in the aged doe class as the oldest Nubian in the show at the ripe old age of 11! What a thrill when the judge commented on her age and she received a well deserved round of applause from the stands. At this most recent National show we also had the 18th place 4 year old, the 9th and 11th place 5 & 6 year olds, 9th place Dairy Herd (SGCH Black Storm, SGCH Dixie, GCH Prize Jorina, Iris), 5th place Best 3 Females ( SGCH Black Storm, SGCH Dixie, GCH Prize Jorina), and 4th place Produce of Dam (GCH Prize Jorina and Iris). Through the years we have been fortunate enough to finish the championships on a few does, participate in Linear Appraisal several times, with our most recent appraisal resulting in an average herd score of 87.2, and have the herd on the DHIR program, which gave us the opportunity to pick up some Superior Genetic designations. While we havenít had the time to participate in DHIR in the past few years, we will continue to Linear Appraise, and will leave the option open to go back on milk test in the future. 

UPDATE for 2012: We are thrilled that we have been able to begin DHIR again. We are looking forward to picking up some additional stars and SG's on our does. We participated in Linear Appraisal again this year and received permanent scores on GCH Jorina (EEEE92), CH Elle (EEEE91), and Margay (VEEE90). We also finished championships on CH Elle Woods and CH Black Ice, as well as picking up a GCH and RGCH on Margay. We attended the Calif State Fair for the first time in many years and came home with Premier Sire (Ace Jumanji), RGCH udder (CH Black Ice), 1st place Senior Get of Sire (Ace Jumanji), 1st place Dam and Daughter (CH Elle and CH Elle Woods), and several placings at the top of the individual classes, including 1st/1st udder aged doe with GCH Jorina and 1st/1st udder 4yr old with CH Black Ice.

Herd health is of the utmost importance. The herd is on a vaccination and worming program outlined by our veterinarian. All kids are started on a coccidiosis preventative at 2 weeks of age. The herd is tested for CAEV routinely, and new additions to the herd are isolated and go through a battery of tests that include CAE, johnnes and CL. We are pleased to note that we have never had a case of mycoplasma, CL, soremouth, johnnes, TB or brucellosis. In addition, the herd participates in the voluntary SCRAPIES certification program annually.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by phone or e-mail and thanks for taking the time to stop by
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Lynda Dowdy & Family ē Sheridan, California ē (530) 633-4919
E-mail:
branicur@hughes.net

 
 

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