Meet Our Herd
We have two herdsires and 17 does on our farm.
We purchased two unrelated bucks from the meat goat research herd at Tennessee State University this summer. Over the last 10 years, Richard Browning, PhD has been conducting studies on the goat herd at TSU. Project have included growth and carcass studies on the various breeds of meat goats as well as the effects of Kentucky 31 Tall Fescue on the growth and health of the goats.
One buck is sired by a Savannah and out of a Myotonic cross doe and the other is sired by a Savannah and out of a Spanish cross doe.
We are very excited to try the proven genetics out of TSU! Thanks Richard!
JFK Uncle Jesse was our first 100% New Zealand Kiko buck, purchased in 2006. Jesse had exceptional parasite resistance and only had his feet trimmed once while on our farm. He was a son of Tasman Aristocrat and dual-registered with the AKGA and IKGA. He died unexpectedly in the fall of 2011.
ICF Roscoe was a Purebred Kiko. Many of our colored commercial does are from his line.
Boss Hogg was a Savanah-Spanish cross from Smoke Ridge in Montana. He was sold so we could experiment with other cross-bred genetics. We still have several of his daughters - they consistently produce meaty-looking kids.
A recent herdsire was PIG ("Pretty Impressive Goat"), a 75% Boer and 25% Kiko buck. We used him for 6 years, until so much of our stock was related to him we had to change bucks. Throughout his stay with us, he was a great goat. He was never dewormed and his feet required minimal trimming. He added the necessary muscling to our commercial herd, while preserving the hardiness that we require.
Our last 100% New Zealand Kiko buck was RUS Zephyr. He was used as an outcross sire because our doe herd was getting too related to PIG.
Arnold was the buck that sired our 2016 kid crop. He was a 100% Savannah.
Our doe herd is primarily unregistered commercial does that have been raised on our farm and have met our strict standards. We have gradually eliminated the registered goats and have one remaining registered 100% New Zealand doe and a registered Percentage doe. Our herd allows us to supply the top performing kids for breeding programs -- whether they are for registered herds or for commercial producers looking for quality does to produce slaughter kids. Remember, our kids must gain 0.4 lbs/day if a buck or 0.3 lbs/day if a doe in order to be sold for breeding stock. Does are culled if they have poor mothering ability, poor parasite resistance or hoof problems. While we are happy to discuss our goat's pedigrees with you, we believe the true value of our goats lie in their performance. The Kiko was bred to be a low-maintenance performance goat, and with our crossbred goats, we aim to keep it that way.
Boss Hogg JFK Uncle Jesse and Boss Hogg JFK Uncle Jesse and ICF Roscoe (March 2009)
TSU Savannah x Spanish cross TSU Savannah x Myotonic cross
PIG - Pretty Impressive Goat! RUS Zephyr Arnold
|Herd Dams and kids over the years|
Kids playing on the steps
|In 2009, we used kidding cubicles, three-sided pens with a 12" front board. Does can go out to eat and drink but the kids stay inside until they are big enough to jump out (about 2-3 days). This turned out to be a great solution for our overcrowded barn.||ZeeBee (AKGA/IKGA 100% NZ) with her 100% NZ doeling and buckling March 2009|
| Up and nursing before his sister was even born!
Josie and her buckling - the doeling was born a few minutes later - March 2009
|Mabel with her two bucklings - 2009||Kids sleeping under the hay feeder March 2009|