Feeding kiko goats
During the growing season we rotate our herd among 12 paddocks comprising 50 acres. While the Kiko goat’s increased resistance to parasites is a contributing factor, the rotational grazing is what keeps us from needing chemical dewormers. 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. We still provide alittle grain daily mostly for the needed mineral and vitamins. During the winter months we increase grain feeding and keep out bails of hay when needed.