LGD's are an important part of our herd. Here the alpha female has babysitter duty, checking on all her new additions. Couldn't imagine running goats without them.
Trying to take pictures of goats that aren't handled daily is trying, coupled with the winter shag, and all are heavy with kids, these are not the best pictures. Although this isn't all of them, I do want to highlight some of our favorite does. As kidding season hits and summer grass comes in on the pasture I'll be updating the pictures here often.
The following is a summary from several articles written and copyright by Graham Culliford. The complete articles can be found at the AKGA "Why Kikos" page.
What is a Kiko?
The Kiko goat was developed [by Goatex Group LLC of New Zealand] in the temperate climate of New Zealand in the late 1970’s. These goats derive from the original imports of British milch goats introduced in the late eighteenth century to provide sustenance for whalers and sealers prior to New Zealand's colonization. Feral does of this region possessed great hardiness as compared to many domestic breeds, and were screened to a small number that met selection criteria assigned for use in early development of the breed. The Kiko inherits its maternal and hardiness traits from these feral does. The feral does were hardy, but small in size, so dairy bucks were added to the herd to increase their size and milk production. After four generations of controlled and selective breeding, significant improvement in size and performance had been achieved, and the basis for the Kiko breed was established. The largest importation of Kiko goats [to the US] occurred in the mid 1990’s when the American Kiko Goat Association (AKGA) was formed to represent the American breeders, but all the registry work still had to be sent back to New Zealand. In 2000, the American Kiko Goat Association (AKGA) purchased the original Kiko registry from Goatex Group LLC of New Zealand. Early selection criteria were based primarily on survivability and growth rates. The later selection parameters included rapid rate of growth, improved fertility, early maturity, enhanced nutritional availability for offspring, extended breeding season, and ease of maintenance. There are no defined breed standards for Kiko goats as to size, conformation or color. Kiko breeders are encouraged to focus more on the commercially valuable traits.The Kiko goat is a performance based breed. The goal of every commercial meat goat producer should be to have as many pounds of kids as possible to load on the truck at market time.
The primary characteristic of the Kiko goat is its hardiness and its ability to achieve substantial weight gains when run under natural conditions without supplementary feeding. In New Zealand, it has been called the "go anywhere, eat anything" goat signifying its ability to thrive under less than ideal conditions. The Kiko is large framed, with a coat that ranges from slick in summer to flowing hair when run in mountain country in winter. Mature males display substantial characteristic horns and are of a bold disposition. Mature females are ample, feminine and generally have good udder placement and attachment. The Kiko is a consummate browser and will range extensively when run in open country. Perhaps the defining characteristic of the breed is the rate of growth. The kids are born of average size but with considerable vigor. From birth to weaning the Kiko displays a rate of growth at least equivalent of any other purpose bred meat goat breed but this is achieved without the management and feed inputs generally required for satisfactory meat production in other breeds.
The Name Kiko
The word 'kiko' had traditionally been used by New Zealand's native people, the Maori, to describe substantial meat producing animals. In New Zealand Maori, the Polynesian language spoken by the Maori people, 'kikokiko' is the generic term for flesh for consumption. The members of the consortium determined to continue the local usage to describe the enhanced meat producing goat they were developing.
DDH Chris Dos A14C is a 100% New Zealand doe we call "Echo". She is 2015 model and we bought her already to bred to BWP TNT Cruze. Echo is sired by RIB Chris Manna, Grand sire AFK Sir Tommy. Her dam is Sig A14C.
Her parentage produced some of the top producers in the 2016 Oklahoma Buck Test. We're excited to have her part of herd. She is has a A/B As1C
GSR Iris is a 3/4 doe that deserves mention. She is a 2013 model sired by GSR Alaric's Karma and her dam is GHK Black Lace.
Last year she gave us a set of triplets that she was able to raise fantastically, they ranged in birth weights weights from 5.5 to 7.2 lbs. She is a good size and structure and by her size, are expecting triplets again this year.
Our homestead is 11 acres primary wooded in Red Oak and Hickory with some limited native grass meadows. Here is the herd on the move with their LGD escorts in tow. We do have a small number of hair sheep as well; they are Katahdin - Dorper crosses.
Pronounced - (Key-coe)
BLM El Dorado's PUR16 is a 7/8 doe we call "Sage". She is a 2015 model sired by BLM El Dorado, Grand sire SKY T20 Commander. Her dam is BLM Cynthia.
She has SKY T20 Commander on the top and bottom and also has TNT's Raiz'N'Kane on the top and bottom.
She is has a A/B As1C
After posting my last video I had several folks ask about my walk through gate on the Premier 1 Electric Netting. This shows the how I fabricated my gate supports, tied my netting into the existing hot wire, comparison views of rotational grazing, and how I installed my hot wire electric box.
Kikos are known for:
FMG 7009 is a 7/8 and our queen doe we call "Rose". She is 2008 model and at 8 years old is still going strong. Sired by DSL's Oreo W191 Bud and her dam is KDA G12. She has Sunboy Stanton 149 in her line. She has a A/F As1C, but that is still considered an intermediate producer. Her kids have been fast gainers.
Today is a walk in the front yard. Raising Kiko goats on 11 acres we are limited to our herd size and rotational grazing is key. Today we turned our doe herd with doe kids and yearlings out into a new area. They were pretty excited about it, thought I'd share.
I'm feeling under the weather today, so this is a non-talking video, but I do have some explanations come up while you enjoy watching my herd forage.
Music: Memories - Bensound.com
Our Herd Prefix- STO
BLM Turbo's PNK 10 is a purebred doe we call "Heather". She is 2015 model sired by BLM El Dorado, Grand sire SKY T20 Commander. Her dam is BLM Rasberry.
She has SKY T20 Commander on the top and bottom and has TNT's Raiz'N'Kane on the top.
She is has a B/E As1C, but that is still considered an intermediate producer.
TNT Y202 Cheddar Bob is our herd sire. He comes from Troy Lohman of TNT Farms.
Sired by RMC Showdown, grand-sire CGI Shogun his dam is BWP 314, sired by Mr. Speckles (GFI Rolling Meadows 81)
Born 3/2015 as a twin. We're looking forward to the 2018 kids!
The doe on the right is home grown, STO Thistle's Delight. She is a purebred, 2015 model sired by GSR Thistle the White and her dam is GSR Poppy Flower; her dam is still part of our herd as well. She has a A/A As1C
Thistle's Delight is the dam to the purebred doeling on the left we call "Summer".She was a June 2016, 7.2lb kid. She has had remarkable gains for being a summer kid as well. Her sire was GSR Titan's Winter.