We have a 100% New Zealand and Purebred Kiko goat farm in the foothills of the Appalachians in North Georgia. We love our goats. We know each one on the farm by name and appreciate all of their unique personalities. We are looking for buyers who need sires, dams, grass eaters, or commercial goats. They are NKR registered and DNA tested. (Click on the goat for these forms.) They are always up to date on their shots. We are FAMACHA certified. Our goats graze and are supplemented when needed with minerals, hay, and grains.
How we got started:
If you asked us in 2016 if we would be goat ranchers, we probably would have chuckled. I, Jenny, assumed goats were scary and would butt me with their horns. We bought a few registered 100% New Zealand and Purebred Kikos to help us keep the blackberry bushes down on the steep hills and to help mow the meadow. I quickly discovered that goats can be as curious and affectionate as my yellow lab. The goats follow us around, getting underfoot and trying to help us with our projects. It turns out two of the does we purchased were pregnant. It's a good thing Kikos can give birth independently, because at this point, we had no clue what we were doing. Being recent empty nesters, we fell in love with those "kids". And a dream began to form.
Once we decided to give breeding a try, we carefully selected a NKR registered, DNA tested, 100% New Zealand buck from a recommended breeder. The literature is correct - Kiko bucks can sweet talk the ladies. Five months after purchasing "Groot", our ten does gave birth within two weeks of each other. He didn't waste any time. With babies coming almost daily during this two-week period, it is a good thing does do not need assistance giving birth.
Why buy a Kiko:
Why buy a Kiko? Kiko is the Maori word for meat. These New Zealand goats were bred to be able to handle a variety of climates - hot, cold, wet, or dry. They are rather large goats. The average adult buck is 250 - 300lbs and adult doe is 100 - 150lbs. A Kiko buck can "service" 40 or more does once he is 3-4 years old. (I personally think the number is much higher than 40.) Some advantages to Kikos are they are parasite resistant and the mothers generally do not need assistance birthing.
What we have learned:
Parasites: We are FAMACHA certified. The certification covers the three categories of parasites along with their symptoms, treatments, prevention, and more. A stressed goat is more likely to get sick. A stressed goat can be an injured goat, a weaning goat, a new goat to your farm, etc. We learned to never "blanket" deworm a herd - to only deworm a goat in need. In the hotter, wetter months, we check the goats for parasites every 2-3 weeks.
Hooves: Hoof care is key to a goat's health. We trim hooves every three months.
Obstacles: We learned the hard way to be careful of obstacles on our farm that can cause injury to a goat. Goats love to climb. We absentmindedly stacked some lumber in the goats' area. Drax was playing on the wood, a board slipped, and she broke her leg. Which brings up another thing to consider - access to an excellent vet.
Veterinarian: Make sure you have a vet you can call for concerns, emergencies, etc.
Our Great Pyrenees protect the little ones.
Mantis with her babies, Caramel and Latte.