I began keeping goats in 1986. My first were Alpine-Pygmy crosses; I sought a small dairy animal to provide the household with milk. I then moved on to ADGA registered Nubians, who I decided were too big and pushy around my young children. On my quest to find the perfect small, family/homestead goat I thought was looking for Kinders and accidentally happened upon Nigerian Dwarfs. It was love at first sight! I acquired my first Nigerian, Goodwood Geranium, in 1991 and have never looked back. Since that fateful decision, my four children, Margiana, Robin, Linden, and Eleanor have also become involved in managing, raising and showing of our goats.
Rosasharn goats are currently registered the American Dairy Goat Association (ADGA). I have been a Board member of the American Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Association, President of the New England Nigerian Dwarf Association, and a member of AGS and ADGA. I was the leader of a 4-H group specializing in goats (many Nigerians included) for more than 10 years.
We attended our first AGS show in 1995. Most of our senior animals have earned their permanent champion status. Our greatest successes were at he AGS National shows in New York State in the summer of 1997, and in North Carolina in 2000 where our buck ARMCH Goodwood Tom Thumb +*S was chosen best of breed! Also, in North Carolina 2000, our doe (now ARMCH) Rosasharn’s Sandalwood 4*D was chosen Grand Champion Senior Doe and was beat in the Champion Challenge class by our ARMCH Goodwood Water Lily *D and followed in the Champion Challenge line up by our own ARMCH Rosasharn’s Baby Bella *D at 9 years old! In 2005 Eclipse won National Champion Senior Doe followed by Bita as her Reserve Champion and Witch Hazel as National Best Udder. In 2007 we did well again; ARMCH SG Rosasharn Buckwheat Honey, third generation National Champion and many does topping their classes and group classes as well. Margiana won the senior fitting and showmanship. In 2010 we went to Louisville KY for the first ADGA National Show that included Nigerians. Many of our does topped their classes and we were very proud to come home with the first ADGA National Champion, ARMCH SG Rosasharn P Haiku and the Reserve Champion, ARMCH SG Rosasharn’s Buckwheat Honey, as well! In 2011 Rosasharn B-Coming won her age class and Linden won Junior Fitting and Showmanship.
Our breeding program favors line-breeding on the outstanding genetics of Tom Thumb and Tiger. The Rosasharn herd has a unique and distinctive style; looking and milking just like the standard dairy goats, in miniature. We have had our herd evaluated, classified and LA’d several times and many animals have earned an Excellent (E) score. We breed our does once per year. Our goats are wormed as needed and receive CDT and BoSe injections annually. Our herd has always tested negative for CAE, Johnes, CL, TB and Brucellosis and receive regular veterinary care. We have maintained a closed herd for many years, only leash breeding, using new bucks (who never live or run with the does), occasionally and very carefully.
The does are milked primarily to provide milk for the house though we share some of the surplus and feed the rest to hogs. We make delicious cheese and yogurt and our own soap. We have been participating on official Milk Test, DHIR since 1998. All our senior does have earned their dairy stars, or are in the process. I will discuss my records and milking routine–ask me. I strive to have does freshen throughout the year to maintain a constant milk supply. Therefore, we usually have kids available or due. The herd has reached optimum size now which means that occasionally mature breeding stock is offered for sale to make space available for youngsters we want to keep. We will give a discount on the price of a wether as a companion to any goat purchased.
I ship animals out of T F Green airport in Providence, RI or may consider meeting you somewhere if it’s not too inconvenient; of course you are encouraged to come visit the farm, choose and transport your own goast. On the following pages are pedigrees, descriptions, show records (usually only grand and reserve wins are noted), and photos of the Rosasharn breeding stock. We have tried to mention their greatest weaknesses as well as their strengths. We are eager to discuss any individual(s) or breedings in further detail. Select offspring from these breedings will be sold; reservations are being taken. We breed our best animals for their best ofspring but we do not guarentee that you will like our animals. Please see our terms of sale. Prices generaly start at $450 for registered kids. A deposit of $100 will hold the animal of your choice until an agreed shipping time, after which a boarding fee may be added, or a portion of the deposit may be retained if we have held an animal and you change your mind, meaning we may have lost other sale opportunities. Thank you for your interest. We look forward to sharing our Rosasharn genetics with you.
Rosasharn Produces Winners
Rosasharn Farm celebrated the first Nigerian Dwarf National Show at the American Dairy Goat National Show with several top wins!
(Photo courtesy of Joanne Karohl)