One of the first things we learned when getting into raising Kiko Meat Goats, EVERY farm, ranch or breeder has their own farm standards, their own ideas on medical treatments to include parasite treatments or lack there of, their own ideas on feeding or nutritional needs according to their geographical location and bottom line their own ideas on what 'the perfect goat' is. We are no different. We've experimented on breeding times of the year, feed, parasite treatments and breeding lines. Our goal is to breed hearty, parasite resistant, healthy Kikos that are able to thrive with minimal human interference. We are constantly learning and we are always working toward our goal.
Our goats primarily feed off browse and pasture grasses which include, red clover, fescue, timothy orchard and alfalfa. We have multiple pastures and our animals are rotated every 3 weeks to a 'clean' area that has rested a minimum of 3 weeks. During the Spring, Summer and Fall the animals are not supplemented with any concentrates. They always have access to loose mineral. We have spring fed creeks that run through our property, so the animals always have fresh water. In the Winter months, we start supplementing with a good quality hay. Once the snow covers the ground, the Bucks and Does are given a 17% grain along with the hay. They receive about a 1/2 pound per head per day. All our pregnant Does receive 1 pound of grain per head per day the last month of pregnancy and that will continue until their kids are 90 days old and weaned - regardless the time of the year. We don't creep feed our kids, however when the lactating Does are given their feed, if the kids make it in the feeders, they can have what they can get.
We pull our buck kids at approximately 90 days old and our doe kids are pulled between 120-150 days old. We keep detailed records and weights at birth, 30, 60, 90, 150 and 1 year.
We test all our adult goats every 6 months for CAE and Johne's, until we have 2 years of negative results, then the herd is tested every year. CL is also tested for upon arrival to our farm, if the results are negative, we begin a CL vaccination regimen. If the animal comes back positive, it is culled. We don't test kids until they reach 1 year old per recommendation of Texas A&M labs due to false negatives and false positives, but the kids do start the CL vaccination regimen on all kids born on the farm. CD&T is the only other routine vaccinations we complete and we copper bolus yearly.
We don't deworm our animals on a schedule. We do complete quarterly fecal egg count testing or as indicated. Based on the findings, we treat as needed and evaluate that animal for continued production on our farm. We use a few tools to evaluate the need for deworming to include FAMACHA, fecal egg counts, DAG scores and body condition.
All of our goats are handled from 'day 1' (not coddled or brought into the house) but to insure they grow up with ease of handling for vaccinations, wellness check or medical needs.
Our animals have access to barns, and shelters, but they are NEVER locked in a space to kid or during inclement weather.
Our herd is closed now, but whenever we brought home new additions, they were put in quarantine for approximately 2 weeks until all testing was completed.
All of our animals are registered with the National Kiko Registry and some are dual registered with the American Kiko Goat Association. Progeny from our herd is scrutinized throughly before being sold as future breeding stock. Our weights and average daily gains are TRUE and ACUTAL weights. They are not adjusted. We use the Oklahoma State University Kid Record File for tracking and farm indexing along with a personalized spreadsheet to calculate 30, 60, 90, 150 & 365 day weights and ADG.
We welcome farm visits, we love talking 'goats' and we love to continue to learn about this wonderful meat goat breed.