What are Kiko Goats?
What is a Kiko Goat? (And more importantly, why should I want one?)
The Kiko Goat is a meat goat that was originated in New Zealand. It was developed by crossing feral New Zealand goats with dairy bucks. The feral goats were tough and hardy, but needed more frame. The dairy bucks provided the extra size to the frame, and increased milking ability. My purpose here is not to write the history of the Kiko (there are many places to read that), but to discuss our Kiko Goat journey, and why Kikos are in such high demand.
We have been raising goats since 2000, Kikos since 2001. We got in to Kikos because we heard about the hardiness and parasite tolerance of this breed. We had been raising another breed of meat goat, and had gotten discouraged with our losses to parasites, and the general lack of hardiness that they possessed.
I found JT Farms In Valdosta, Ga online. I contacted them and soon went to get my first unregistered Kiko buck. I still remember how feisty (not mean or anything, just lively) he was when we caught him to load him. Well, I bred him to my whole herd, and soon found that the Kiko kids also were lively. They just had a will to live! They got up almost immediately looking for mama. How impressive.
Next, I found out that just that one cross improved the mothering ability of my goats. I was convinced that all of the hype was true. Wow!
Soon, we heard of a herd that was being liquidated in Albany, Ga by Mrs Suzanne Shingler Fowler. WAYSU Farms (She was the sister in law to Jim Fowler of Wild Kingdom fame, for you old folks out there). We went and looked at the goats and soon we were bringing home a load. Graham Culliford was on site helping to disperse the herd. We came home with "Goliath's Genie" (Big Boy's sire), several Goatex Goliath daughters, Big Boy and his sister, Susu. They were just weanlings.
Also, Bobby and Mary Chastain's herd was liquidated around the same time. The Chastain goats were bought by the Chastains at the first production sale in Donalsonville, Ga in 1999. We had two of those as well as five of their daughters. The older Chastain goats were first generation daughters of actual imports. All of the does from both groups were 100% New Zealand. Needless to say, we were now in the Kiko business.
already kidded TEN kids. She was not bred til she was one year old
She had TWO sets of triplets in 2005. Her sire was "Goatex Goliath."