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Kiko Breed Associations


There are multiple Kiko goat associations in the United States. The American Kiko Goat Association  is the original Kiko goat registration and has been in existence since 1994.  You can find listings for Kiko goats for sale along with reputable breeders and breed information.The International Kiko Goat Association is another membership organization where you can find more information about the breed and locate breeders and goats for sale.
You can also find information and kiko goats for sale through these organizations: 
National Kiko Registry

Kiko Goat  Breed Standards

Here in the United States As a breed, it is typically not shown and there is no breed standard. This is deliberate to allow for different “types” to adapt to the multiple environments across the United States. The Kiko is 'A jack of all trades. ' Famously a maternal breed but also used as a terminal sire.

Canada dose have a recommended standard as follows.

Explanation of Kiko Breed Standards

The goal of the CMGA Kiko Breed Standards is to improve the breed and to increase productivity by identifying what the Kiko committee of the Association has deemed the ideal Canadian Kiko Goat. In recognizing the correlation between physical traits and efficient production, the Standards of this maternal breed provide a guideline for producers to follow when selecting breeding stock and herd replacements.

General Appearance

The Kiko goat is a medium- to large-framed, hardy, vigorous and alert meat animal with high fertility, prolificacy, and high mothering abilities in order to raise multiple kids with high daily gain on natural conditions without supplementation. It is important that bucks be obviously masculine and substantially larger than does. Does should display femininity with a wedge-shaped body showing lots of capacity for carrying young. The dominant coat color for the Kiko goat is white, but any other color patterns are accepted. The coat can vary, according to environment, from short and smooth to quite thick. Kikos have a smooth, supple skin with a darker pigment preferred; however, lack of pigmentation is permissible. Wattles, if present, should not be penalized.

Undesirable Characteristics:

Head and Neck

The Kiko goat has alert eyes and a strong head with a straight profile, neither convex nor concave. Females must have a feminine head. Ears are alert and moderate in length, not being too pendulous nor too erect. The muzzle is broad with large, open nostrils; the jaw should be correctly aligned. Horns are well-spaced and sweep outward; older animals with cropped horns should not be penalized. Horns on mature bucks should display a shallow spiral. The neck is proportional to body size and medium in length. It is well-muscled and blends smoothly into the forequarter.

Undesirable Characteristics:

Cull Defects:

Forequarters

Shoulders are well-muscled and tightly attached with good angulation. Brisket is broad and proportionate to body size. Forelegs are strong and attach to elbows with good angulation. When viewed from the front, forelegs are parallel and squarely set. Pasterns are strong with sound, well-formed hooves.

Undesirable Characteristics:

Cull Defects:

Body

Body is long, wide and deep with long, well-sprung foreribs and a large heartgirth. The back is strong and straight with a long, wide and well-muscled loin. Body must have sufficient capacity to allow for the ingestion of a maximum of forage with minimal supplementation

Undesirable Characteristics:

Hindquarters

Rump is long and broad with a slight slope downward from hips to pins and the tail is straight. Thighs have sufficient, but not excessive, muscle down to the hock; muscle should not be too predominant to avoid kidding problems. Hocks are correctly angulated when viewed from the side; legs are parallel and nearly straight when viewed from the rear. Pasterns are strong with sound, well-formed hooves.

Undesirable Characteristics:

Cull Defects:

Mammary / Reproductive System

Doe’s udder is medium size and must be well attached with very good capacity for milk production; udder has two well-defined, well-placed, small- to medium-sized functional teats. Small non-functional teats without orifices are permissible if they are supernumeraries (a third teat for example). Buck’s scrotum should not be divided and should contain two well-formed fully descended testicles of similar size. Bucks must be aggressive breeders with high fertility, females must be very fertile and give birth to multiple kids. Kidding should be easy and fast to ensure a high rate of survival in kids.

Undesirable Characteristics:

Cull Defects:

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Rotational Grazing Is Key On Missouri’s
BF Farm

The farmers at BF Farm in Huggins, Missouri, use rotational grazing for Black Hereford cattle, Kiko goats, and KuneKune pigs for a healthy pasture and hardy livestock.

 

The numbers are impressive: 200 acres, three species of livestock, 14,000 feet of goat fencing and 23 gates. It’s all for a sustainable grazing technique managed by two dedicated and knowledgeable farmers, working a rotational grazing formula that makes for an innovative and successful livestock venture.

BF Farm in Huggins, Missouri, is owned and operated by Mark Bengston and Jodey Fulcher. They are top-notch breeders of Black Hereford cattle, Kiko goats and Kunekune pigs. All three species enjoy rotational grazing through pastures at BF Farm.

Mark and Jodey have found an approach that maximizes food availability, reduces parasite risk and promotes health for each animal while effectively managing the natural resources of the land.

While Mark grew up in New Jersey and had never farmed before, Jodey grew up in Georgia and spent summers learning and working on his grandparents’ farm. An uncle gave Jodey his first goat—a Saanen buck that had been won in a poker game—and his grandfather got him started with chickens.

Jodey’s early farming experiences influenced the choices he made starting a small farm with Mark.



From Garden to Farm

Together since 2006, Mark and Jodey first lived on a Georgia property that they enjoyed. An avid gardener, Mark enthusiastically planted their entire yard.

Eventually,  he longed for more space to garden. Jodey suggested they  look for a small farm. Intrigued by the idea, they found and bought a 35-acre farm in Cave Spring, Georgia, in 2013.

When Mark and Jodey moved to the farm, they started with a small mixed-breed herd of goats. Slowly, Jodey redefined the makeup of the herd. He narrowed his focus and commitment to Kiko goats.

Jodey began to develop a name for himself and the farm with the quality of Kiko goats he produced.

Soon they were researching other livestock species. This led them to learn more about Kunekune pigs and Black Hereford cows.

Both species would eventually take up residence on their farm. Mark and Jodey realized they would need more land to focus on the kinds of livestock they wanted to manage and the rotational grazing systems they admired. With a commitment to raising registered livestock and a vision of quality over quantity, they began scouring the country for the right farming location.

After a nationwide search, Missouri proved to offer the most economical option in terms of quality grazing land and availability.

BF Farm comprises 200 acres with 50 acres fenced to create the 12 pastures for goats and pigs. The remaining 150 acres provides rotational grazing for the cattle.

Choosing this space is consistent with the mission of BF Farm. Through advanced research, meticulous record keeping and a dedication to excellence in care, breeding and maintenance, the pair raised animals that are financially productive.

Pasture Practices

“When we bought this farm, Jodey had about 30 goats and we had a dozen head of cattle,” Mark says. “We are in our third year here and have grown to over 50 head of cattle, 40 goats with the anticipation of 80 offspring this year. And we have five reproducing sows.”

The move to Missouri has provided improved animal health while supporting the sustainable rotational grazing practices Mark and Jodey wanted to implement.

The farm is laid out like the face of a clock. About 50 acres are designated for the goats and pigs with fencing and gates to allow animals to be moved from pasture to pasture. During the summer months, animals are moved on a weekly basis through pastures ranging in size from 2 to 10 acres.

The pasture rotation maximizes food resources for each species without overgrazing the land, promoting animal health.

“Each animal has parasites specific to their species,” Jodey says. “One of the biggest expenses when raising goats commercially is deworming. Rather than pouring chemicals into the animals, we move them through the pastures and produce healthier individuals.”

Mark said they’ve created an environment that doesn’t contain enough animals for the parasites to complete their life cycle.

Goat parasites don’t affect the pigs, cattle parasites don’t affect the goats. Each species arrives in a pasture and vacuums up the parasites left behind by the previous grazers. The lower level of parasites also means the animals don’t need medications to keep them healthy.


Rotation Model

The animals move in a clockwise rotational grazing system from pasture to pasture. The way the farm is laid out—with the addition of gates and fencing—allows the animals to be moved from one pasture to another each week.

Not only are the animals protected from parasites this way, but rotational grazing ensures the land is never overgrazed as each species consumes something different while in a single pasture.

The cows also move through their own pastures in a low-stress migration—not a hectic cattle drive. Movement of the livestock results in built-in rest periods for each pasture.

No group is back in the same pasture for 12 weeks, and no species is back in the same pasture for six weeks.

Seeding Systems

The pastures are a mix of native grasses and forbs and have been overseeded with fescue, orchard grass, timothy, Bermuda, clover and other types of grasses over the years. There are also small wooded areas in each pasture that provide a variety of scrubby plants such as buck bush, blackberry, multiflora rose and saplings.

“The animals come in, eat, fertilize. And then after they leave, the pasture recovers, grows and is ready for them when they return,” Jodey says.

Missouri has some of the lushest grazing land in the country, and the area Mark and Jodey picked is some of the best in the state.

They have not needed to intentionally overseed but recognize that the livestock might be overseeding and reseeding in the process of moving. And, at the height of the growing season, they do use tractors to cut because there is too much for the animals too eat.

In preparation for the winter months, Mark and Jodey designate 40 of the 150 acres for stockpiling. These acres will be held back from the rotation starting in August. Allowed to grow for the remainder of the season, the acres provide winter grazing for the livestock.

One of the largest expenses in keeping livestock is purchasing or producing hay. Stockpiling is a cost-effective approach. BF Farm doesn’t have to own and maintain the equipment to cut and bale hay or purchase it to get through the colder months.

The Livestock

Mark and Jodey Kiko carefully researched and selected their goats, Kunekune pigs and Black Hereford cows. Mark’s specializes in the Kunekune pigs, while Jodey focuses on the Kiko goats.

Their areas of expertise include conducting research in the early stages of species selection, speaking with customers and fellow breeders, and daily care and needs.

Jodey manages most of the farm’s paperwork. The men share in the responsibility for the cattle. Of course, if animals need handling, it’s generally a two-person job.

“Teamwork makes the dream work,” Jodey says.

Kiko Goats

These Goats originated in New Zealand, evolving from feral crosses.

Kiko means “meat” in Maori. The goats mature quickly for meat production and do well in the wetter climate of the Midwest. Kikos are hardy, and the females are good mothers. The breed has not been as overmanaged as other goats, and Jodey chose them for their high level of parasite resistance.

Equipped for dealing with plants that are often considered undesirable in pastures, the goats consume brambles, multiflora rose, hardwood seedlings, knapweed, ironweed and more.

They tolerate plants with higher levels of tannins than the other livestock can. Because goats prefer different browse than cattle, the two species don’t compete for the same resources.

Kunekune Pigs

These pigs also hail from New Zealand. They nearly went extinct in the 1970s, but conservation efforts helped them recover. They expanded to Great Britain, Europe and the United States as well as Canada.

Kunekunes attract attention because they are ideal for smaller farms, as well as farms focused on sustainability. They enjoy an increasing popularity among chefs, charcutiers and home butchers.

Friendly, docile and easy to handle, the pigs sport a short-upturned snout adapted more for grazing than rooting. The pigs can fatten on grazing and as a result boast a low fat-to-meat ratio.

Their natural habitat is woodlands and pastures, and they are excellent animals to maintain, manage and eradicate unwanted pasture weeds. Their effectively consume weeds without damaging soil.

Kunekune have very lean meat because they dine on 90 percent pasture grazing and little grain. They never eat slop, Mark says. They grow to 220 to 300 pounds and fit in well on smaller farms.

The pigs sell as meat and for pets.

Black Hereford Cattle

These animals have a docile temperament, high-quality meat production and beautiful black hides, making the breed attractive in recent years. The cows’ low-key and calm personalities made them an excellent choice for BF Farm’s pasture practices.

Cattle—along with the other species—get DNA tests to ensure quality and credibility with each individual. Mark and Jodey trace their weights from birth, selectively maintaining weights with a focus on raising animals that provide good breeding stock.

“Cattle are an interesting science,” Mark says. “We are guaranteeing that our cattle are 100 percent homozygous. They will always throw a black polled calf.”

One of the registered animals sells for about four times the price of a commercially raised animal.

The cattle primarily sell as breeder stock because Mark and Jodey follow such a stringent program of each animal’s health. They are weighed at birth, at weaning and as yearlings. If they don’t meet the baseline weight numbers, registration doesn’t happen.

Various Other Animals

BF Farm also houses a flock of guinea fowl that consume as many ticks as possible. The trained flock stays close to the barn and areas where the animals sleep.  Ticks pose a health issue for the other livestock, so it’s necessary to have something that will consume them.

A flock of chickens produces enough eggs for people, pigs and the dogs that live and work on the farm. The eggs help Mark and Jodey keep costs low—using them as an additional source of protein.

Five Great Pyrenees dogs work on the farm. Each dog lives with a different goatherd serving as protectors. (One of the younger dogs bonded with the pigs.)

The dogs bond with their herd, and the livestock know them as their guardians. They are critical to keeping the herds safe from coyotes. The dogs also help mitigate the increasing number of black vultures in the area—barking until the birds move on.

O verall, Mark and Jodey stay focused on strategies of diversification and rotation. They are committed to their model and to promoting it as an option for other small farming operations.

Their philosophy reflects a pledge to sustainable practices that focus on health and well being for each species of animal and the land itself.

This article originally appeared in the September/October 2019 issue of Hobby Farms magazine.

Recents BF Farm News

05/23/2021 - 19 Kiko bucks ready for sale
05/02/2021 - Worming, tagging and weighing of the 2 year old Kiko bucks in preparation for sale
02/28/2021 - Delivered 2 KuneKune pigs and 2 Kiko Goats to Diamond Grove Adventures. A new Family entertainment park opening late spring or early Summer in Diamond MO. A brand new barn was built just for the Animals. The Petting Zoo will be just one of many adventures planned for the Park. The petting zoo also includes Donkeys, Pigmy Goats, a west highland cow, and of course our KuneKune Pigs and Kiko Goats.
08/19/2020 - We would like to welcome 4 new members of the farm! All from BF Farm! 2 gorgeous, registered Kunekune pigs and 2 beautiful, registered Kiko does! Thanks to Mark Bengston and Jodey Fulcher for introducing me to these amazing animals back in the day in Cave Spring. You guys are an inspiration and great mentors! - Ranger Goat Ranch
04/10/2020 - Kidding Season well under way here at BF Farm about 1/2 the Does have Kidded.
03/21/2020 - Proud first time mother, KBF Terminator XXX's Xara, with her cute baby Doeling. This little 5Lb beauty was kidded on pasture this morning. Xara is one of our homegrown Terminator XXX daughters out of our Cherokee Fiddler (granddaughter) Doe, Midnight. Her Doeling may have started out smaller, but so far her nickname is Miss Piggy, so she will catch up to her contemporaries very soon! This Doeling was sired by Datzko. A son of our Klondyke & Oreo, Datzko left his mark before he headed to his new farm in Colorado late last year. #KikoGoats
03/19/2020 - RDH Candace with her twin blue-eyed bucklings that were kidded yesterday afternoon! The Black/White Buckling weighed in at 8 Lbs 8 ozs. The Brown/Black/White buckling at 7 Lbs 6 ozs. The kids are sired by our 100% New Zealand Kiko herdsire, KBF Terminator XXX's Xander. #KikoGoats
02/19/2020 - RDH Oreo Blast with her brand new set of 2020 kids! 1 Buckling (6Lbs 10 ounces) & 1 Doeling (6 Lbs 2 ounces). We are very excited, because it took the 3rd kidding season to get a Doeling from her (in the top pic of the collage with her momma)! The kids were born on pasture this afternoon. They have moved to a nice dry stall since the temps are going to start dropping tonight (maybe some ice & snow) & we still have lots of mud here at BF Farm! The kids are sired by our herdsire Xakery.

Mission Statement

O ur mission is to breed only the very best!

We breed outstanding Kiko Goats, KuneKune Pigs, & Black Hereford Cattle.

Here at  BF Farm we practice multi-species rotational grazing for the health & well-being of our animals with the added benefit of a positive impact on the environment & natural pasture management. Chickens, Guinea Fowl, & Livestock Guardian Dogs join the rest of our herds to do their part to make our farm a great success!
Our farm, animals, & our practices have been featured in Ozark Farm & Neighbor, Rural Missouri, Houston Herald, The Fence Post, Goat Journal, Hobby Farms, Out Here, Mid-Week Live! on community radio KZ88 (KZGM 88.1 FM) in Cabool, MO, & RFDTV!

All species included, we have animals distributed nationwide including almost every state in the lower 48 & Alaska, as well as offspring in Brazil, Australia, & New Zealand.

Breed Profile: Kiko Goat

Kiko Goats Size Up to Challenging Conditions

Author : Tamsin Cooper

The Kiko goat was ​developed in New Zealand for meat production under harsh conditions. Kikos are hardy and adaptable, requiring minimal assistance with kidding and healthcare. 

Kikos lived with sheep in steep hill country on low-grade pasture at a high stocking rate. They needed good foraging skills to thrive with minimal husbandry. Only survivors that kidded well, while needing no hoof care, no supplemental feeding, and minimal parasite control, were selected. The herd showed a dramatic improvement in live weight and production, and became consistent in performance. The Kiko goat breed was tested in the varying natural conditions of New Zealand and Pacific Island countries, and was found to be highly adaptable. However, Kikos did not gain popularity in New Zealand as Boer goats were preferred. 

Perfectly Adapted to the Southeastern United States 
Around 1992, many Kikos were exported to the United States. Boer goats were initially more popular, but they did not adapt well to the humidity of the sub-tropical southeastern states. Studies revealed that, in this area, Kiko goats consistently performed better than Boer, and were as hardy and productive as Spanish goats, while yielding higher carcass weights. American breeding goals continue to promote survivability with minimal inputs together with high productivity. 

Conservation Status: Kiko goats are a rare breed in New Zealand and a minority breed abroad. 

Biodiversity: The varied ancestral base provides genetic diversity, while selection for survivability and robustness has promoted a healthy and useful gene pool which is adaptable to different conditions. Kiko goats have a good balance of complex traits that are sadly lacking in some commercial breeds. The lack of standardization for show purposes enables Kikos to more readily adapt to a new locality. 

Kiko Goats Benefit from a Non-Standardized Form

Description: While having no standardized appearance, Kiko goats are consistent in their fast-growing offspring on a purely pasture-based system, while requiring minimal husbandry and health care. The resulting goats are medium- to large-frame, stocky, of various colors and coat patterns, generally with thick, outward-curving horns and large, crimped or drooping ears. 
Weight: Adult bucks 250–300 lb. (113–136 kg); does 100–180 lb. (45–82 kg); kids 60–90 lb. (27–40 kg) at 8 months and 100–150 lb. (45–68 kg) at 15 months. 

Height to Withers: Adult bucks 30–37 in. (76–94 cm); does 26–30 in. (66–76 cm).  
Popular Use: Meat goat farming and as sires for crossbreeding in both meat and dairy herds to improve hardiness, parasite-resistance, and growth rate. Their nature lends promise to other activities, such as a pack goat breed and land management.

Productivity: From two years of age, does consistently produce two kids per year that quickly reach market weights. Does have long productive lives. 

Adaptability: Kiko goats have adapted well to a wide range of climates and landscapes all over New Zealand, and in the Pacific Islands, North America, the Caribbean, and Mexico. They are highly parasite tolerant, disease resistant, and resilient. Kikos live at pasture with minimal veterinary care, and rarely contract mastitis, foot problems, or respiratory infections. They are efficient foragers on varied pasture, needing plenty of room and good fencing. Does rarely need assistance at kidding, bond quickly with their young, and are great mothers. Kids are quick to stand up and nurse, have high survival rates, and recover weight gains quickly after weaning. 

Friendly, Peaceful, and Compliant 

Temperament: Active, alert but calm, and easy-going, Kikos that are used to human contact are friendly, trainable, and amenable. Quotes: “We love our Kiko. Beyond the desirable breed characteristics that make them low maintenance, there is just something different in their disposition. They are very curious and eager to engage, but in a respectful way. As strange as it sounds, they have a unique expression, almost a ‘knowing’. They are very confident and capable of withstanding rigorous challenges, from extreme weather to performance on the trail as pack animals. This confidence translates into a docility which is not at all passive. It is almost an absence of fear. They are willing to do what we ask them to do without stubbornness. Their mothering instinct is strong, and they will sort into multigenerational family groups that care for one another, rather than compete.” Karen Kopf, Kopf Canyon Ranch, Idaho. www.kikogoats.org 

“Kiko are one of the more teachable breeds. They are one of the strongest, both in muscle and willpower. A Kiko has a ‘can do’ attitude. They are fun on the trail, because they are mellow. They perk up at noise, but don’t get nervous or panic—they wait for direction. They are not as aggressive in their play, or as determined to establish dominance as other breeds. They are very ‘live and let live.’” Clay Zimmerman of High Uinta Pack Goats, Wyoming.

“Introduction of milk production genes from selected sources has increased kid growth rate, but emphasis on survivability has mitigated against incorporation of the poor features of dairy goats. The testing environment and low input husbandry system has identified weak and less productive animals facilitating culling and breeding decisions …  “The Kiko, with its selected crossbred base, has stabilized the aspects of increased production and demonstrated superiority over other breeds.” G. J. Batten, Caprinex Ltd, NZ. 

Rotational Grazing at BF Farm - Breeding Quality Kiko Goats

A Holistic Approach to Parasite Management Reduces a Need for Chemical Dewormers

Mark Bengtson and Jodey Fulcher were not raised as farmers or ranchers. Mark describes himself as a former city person raised in the New England area. While Jodey was raised in Georgia, working family farms during the summer, he also didn’t know that much about animal husbandry before he and Mark partnered together to create BF Farm. They began as a small, 35-acre operation in Georgia but have since moved to Missouri. They now operate a 200-acre farm with three breeds of animals. Through trial and error, they have implemented a rotational grazing system that has allowed them to eventually stop using chemical deworming agents on their livestock.

When Mark and Jodey started out, they mostly had commercial cattle and goats without being very breed-specific. In the beginning, with their limited knowledge and small land area, parasites became prolific in their herd. They say they probably lost half of their goats in that first year. They almost gave up, but fortunately, they did some extensive research before giving in. Through their research, they learned about Kiko goats from New Zealand. These goats are descended from the various breeds that managed to escape their pens many years ago and flee into the mountains. Because New Zealand’s climate and landscape are very different from that to which goats are typically best adapted, these goats had to become tough to survive. Only those who tolerated the increased moisture, harsher winters, and could resist the greater number of parasites in the humid environment were able to reproduce. This shaped a very hardy, parasite-resistant breed. This is the breed of goats that Mark and Jodey chose to continue their farm operation. They made similar choices in other animals, choosing kunekune pigs and Black Hereford cattle to round out the farm and help their rotational grazing plan to work.

While the Kiko goat’s increased resistance to parasites is a contributing factor, the rotational grazing system is what keeps BF Farm from needing chemical dewormers. On BF Farm, 50 acres are portioned into 12 fenced pastures. These pastures vary in size ranging from two to 12 acres. The herds are divided by species and then by gender (although lactating mothers keep their young with them regardless of the gender of the offspring). Usually, the males and females are kept more than a single pasture apart to prevent overeager bucks from climbing the fences to get to the does. Herds are moved to a new pasture each week and will not return to pasture until at least six weeks have passed. By this point, all eggs and larvae left in the droppings will have died. Typically as goats are led to a new pasture, the pigs will occupy the pasture the goats just left. Cattle will then be moved to the pasture that the pigs have vacated. Because these three species have different preferences for natural feed, this does not cause overgrazing. The parasites that tend to plague these species also do not cross between these three, so even though there are still animals grazing in the pasture, it can still count toward the needed time before the first herd can return. Even the number of flies that pester a cattle operation has decreased since implementing rotational grazing because the cow pies are allowed to fully dry and break down without building up. Of the 150 acres that are not portioned into the rotating pastures, most of the land is allowed to grow freely without much grass cutting. This builds a natural stockpile that can be used for the winter. Since parasites go dormant in below-freezing conditions, even just overnight frosts, rotational grazing is not as important during wintertime.

All animals, goats included, have parasites. Having some parasites is simply part of living and grazing. An animal becomes ill when the parasites found in their body become overpopulated. This can kill these animals very quickly. As the parasites that live in the intestinal tract of an animal lay eggs, those eggs are deposited in the animal’s feces. The eggs hatch and larvae emerge. The larvae have fat on their backs which sustains them until they can find a host. However, the parasites will be out of their reserves by six weeks’ time if they do not find a host, effectively disrupting the life cycle without further infection or reproduction. When animals graze, especially close to the ground as the feed is used up in a pasture, the animal ends up ingesting these eggs and larvae that then repopulate the intestinal tract. This is what causes the parasite overpopulation. Many farmers and ranchers spend a lot of money deworming their livestock. Every dollar you spend on deworming agents equals less revenue in your business, yet dead animals negate revenue even more. Yet another concern with chemical dewormers is the emergence of worms that are resistant, or able to survive, the deworming agent. When the parasites that survive deworming are resistant, they may be allowed to spread that resistance through an entire herd, making deworming both expensive and useless. By using rotational grazing and only bringing in deworming agents when necessary, you can reduce deworming resistance as well as increase your own revenue.

Most backyard homesteaders do not have 200 acres at their disposal for this large scale rotational grazing project. However, the practices and methods can still be implemented on a much smaller scale. As long as you have at least four pastures, you can rotate your herd and help break the life cycle of the parasites. Ideally, you would want to let a pasture rest for six weeks before grazing it again, but even four weeks will allow a large number of the parasites to die off before they can reinfect your herd. If you have more than one species of animal, keeping them separate in the rotation can help the droppings to break down better and helps the plant life to rejuvenate by allowing the different varieties to grow back at different times. This way, a pasture is never fully stripped. One caution in having different species is to research the habits and temperament of a species before bringing them into your setup. Many breeds of pigs can be very rough and tear up a pasture, making it harder for the plants to proliferate. The kunekune pigs at BF Farm were partially selected because they are less rough on their surroundings. A few more factors in the success of your rotational grazing include not overpopulating your acreage and buying from reputable breeders. How much livestock your land can support is determined in part by the quality of the feed in your pastures. It can also be influenced by zoning laws and access to water. Buying from reputable breeders helps you obtain healthy animals with good, traceable pedigrees. You want to start your operation with the best stock available, and that is worth a little extra time and money.

With planning, you can increase the health of your livestock by decreasing the number of parasites they carry. While the best operations have at least six pastures in their rotation, even a few pastures can decrease the parasite population.

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With planning, you can increase the health of your livestock by decreasing the number of parasites they carry. While the best operations have at least six pastures in their rotation, even a few pastures can decrease the parasite population.

Visit BF Farm’s Facebook or website to see more about their Kiko goats, kunekune pigs, and Black Hereford cattle!

We sell our Kiko Goats throughout the United Sta​tes

We are Currenly Shipping Our Kiko Goats to the Following States

Alabama •  Arizona • Arkansas • California • Colorado • Connecticut • Delaware • District of Columbia • Florida • Georgia • Idaho • Illinois • Indiana • Iowa • Kansas • Kentucky • Louisiana • Maine • Maryland • Massachusetts • Michigan • Minnesota •  Mississippi • Missouri • Montana • Nebraska • Nevada • New Hampshire • New Jersey • New Mexico • New York • North Carolina • North Dakota •  Ohio • Oklahoma • Oregon • Pennsylvania •  Rhode Island • South Carolina • South Dakota • Tennessee • Texas • Utah • Vermont • Virginia • Washington • West Virginia • Wisconsin • Wyoming  

We can not ship to

Ala​ska • Hawaii • American Samoa • Minor Outlying Islands • Northern Mariana Islands • Guam • Puerto Rico • U.S. Virgin Islands 

Why Kikos


Kikos hail from New Zealand where  their  name means "meat." Kiko development began in the early 1970s when a group of ranchers united to form The Goatex Group LLC. They collected and bred thousands of feral goats, reserving only the fastest maturing,  meatiest, and most disease- and parasite-resistant goats from each generation to use as breeding stock, sending the balance to slaughter. They provided their herds with no supplementary feed, no shelter, no hoof trimming or vet care, and no assistance at kidding. Only the toughest survived.

Conformation: Kikos have straight profiles; medium-length ears; and magnificent, up- and out-sweeping, spiraling horns; wide, strong frames with moderate bone size; and compact, muscular bodies. Most American Kikos are white, but Kikos come in a wide variety of colors. They have supple skin and short- to medium-length coats.

Special Consideration/Notes on Kiko Goats: Does are prolific, protective mothers, and require little or no assistance when kidding. Kiko kids are small at birth, but grow quickly; they are alert and active within minutes of being born. Some of the fastest maturing, most efficient meat goats in the world are created by crossing Kiko and Boer goats.

Located in the Heart of the Ozarks

Kiko Goats at BF Farm is Close and Convenient  from Kansas, Oklahoma , Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky and Arkansas

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Kiko Goat Hoof Care

Hoofs should be checked regularity and trimmed when needed

If hooves are left too long, it can make it difficult for the goat to walk and affect joints in the pastern and knees. As hooves grow they often curl over, trapping bacteria against the foot pad. This can cause hoof rot and infection.