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The Kiko goat, which originated in New Zealand, was bred to be a fast-growing, high-production meat goat.

The word "Kiko" comes from a Maori word that means "meat or flesh." The breed was also valued because of its durability and capacity to flourish in harsh environments.

Breeders crossed feral goats with dairy goats to give them the ability to live in the wild. This insured that the breed's superior mothering qualities and health hardiness would be passed down to the kids.

The Kiko goat was introduced to the United States in the 1990s, and the American Kiko Goat Association was formed as a result.

Kiko breeders are devoted to their chosen breed, and for good reason. This goat is a high-yielding, low-maintenance meat goat.

The American Kiko Goat Association takes a more relaxed approach to goat registration than some other organizations.

"Unlike most breeds, the Kiko is difficult to "define." There is no breed standard and it is rarely shown as a breed. This is done on purpose to allow different "types" to adapt to varied surroundings around the US. "A jack of all trades," as the Kiko is known. Renowned for its maternal qualities, but also as a terminal sire. The following are the key breed-specific expectations:

  • Expected to ‘grow fast’
  • Expected to be ‘hardy’
  • Expected to be low maintenance
  • Expected to be productive does and effective sires”

"While the standards are now a little hazy, DNA tests can be performed to ensure that a goat is of the Kiko kind. Kikos come in a variety of hues, but white with long coats are the most common. Their horns are long and twist outward, and they have a lovely appearance.

Characteristics that are common

Kiko goats are prized for their ability to develop quickly and produce a huge carcass. The Kiko, like the Boer Goat, is gaining popularity in the United States due to its attractive meat goat traits.

1.  Production and Utility

Kiko goats are primarily used as meat goats, and they are frequently mixed with dairy or other meat breeds to produce sturdy, fast-growing goats. Bucks weigh about 275 pounds on average, while does weigh about 125 pounds.

2.  Toughness

Because of its recent feral roots, the Kiko is considered one of the toughest goat breeds. With little supplementation, the Kiko can subsist on browsing and legume-rich grassland.

3.  Personality

Most Kikos are kept as livestock rather than pets, and this is done on purpose to preserve the Kiko goat's natural livability. As a result, goat breeders have started cross-breeding the Kiko with dairy goats and are pleased with the breed's gentle nature.

4.  Instincts of Mothers

The maternal instinct is lacking in some goat breeds, but not in the Kiko. This goat breed's breeders brag about their goats' ability to give birth and care for their young with little to no monitoring from the goatherd.

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