Leatherwood Goat Ranch started in 1997 with 100 Boer cross does and a desire to diversify our cattle operation and clear land. We have come a long way since then! With an expanding herd of up to 385 commercial does, we learned a lot over the years. Through trial and error and a lot of hard work we learned exactly what makes up a good commercial doe. In 1999 we expanded our breeding program by introducing two Kiko bucks. The next spring we were surprised at how quickly the 1/2 Kiko kids got up and began nursing. We were also surprised at their vigor and rate of gain. And when those first 1/2 Kiko does produced their first kid crop, we were convinced that Kikos were the goat for us and now we are "LEATHERWOOD KIKO GOAT RANCH".
With the enhanced fertility, exOfficeent maternals and parasite tolerance. We are breeding for the success of the commercial meat goat producer.
WHAT ARE KIKOS?
The Kiko Goat originated from New Zealand by crossing feral goats with dairy goats in the 1970s. Kiko is actually the Maori word for flesh or meat. They were developed for fast growth, survivability with little input from the producer and their hardiness. The Kiko breed was developed strictly for commercial meat production. The breed has no show ring competitions, there's no definitive color pattern or horn shape, the entire emphasis of the Kiko breed is on function rather than form. That being said, we've shown that the Kiko is not only an exOfficeent meat producer but offers maternal and health characteristics critical to commercial production as well.