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 1970’s, but didn’t 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 don’t 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 several does, participate in Linear Appraisal several times, and have the herd on the DHIR program, which gave us the opportunity to pick up some Superior Genetic designations. We also rely heavily on AI (artificial insemination), and the occasional outside buck, to bring new genetics to the herd. All of these programs together have helped us take our herd in a positive direction. We are members of the American Dairy Goat Association and the International Nubian Breeders Association. In addition, we are active in our local dairy goat club.
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 soon after birth. The herd is tested for CAEV annually, 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.
We have begun testing the herd for G6S (Mucopolysaccharidosis IIID), and will post results on individual animal pages as they are done. We are happy to say that all animals tested so far have come back normal, and with these tests in hand we have been able to determine that several other animals in the herd are normal as well by parentage. As of this writing we are happy to say that the entire herd is G6S normal.
We also believe in DNA testing of all bucks, and have started DNA testing bucks that are sold as breeding stock.
You will notice that most, if not all first fresheners, are bred to a boer buck. Doing so not only cuts down on some of the workload each year, but also gives us an opportunity to assess a promising young doe for a year or two before selling offspring from her. Nubians are a dual purpose breed, and breeding first fresheners to a boer results in a high quality kid for either market or replacement does in a commercial boer goat breeding program.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by phone or e-mail and thanks for taking the time to browse our site.