The goats I bought are Kiko. The doe is a mom, a couple of years old, and was raising twins this year. She and the buckling, came from 2 hours away and were kindly delivered by Flat Lake Goats, a wonderful young couple with a very young sweet baby. The Kiko breed is from New Zealand and is a little hardier than Boer goats, which come from South Africa. The New Zealanders crossed a dairy goat breed wtih the feral goats, which were as plentiful as deer, since they had no natural predators on the island. The resultant cross was a strong, hardy, adaptable goat that is primarily bred for meat, though the does have ample udders and produce large quantities of milk, though for shorter periods of time than dairy breeds.
The Kiko goats are horned and are most usually white, though there are spotted and coloured ones as well. The buckling that is now a member of the Fat Ewe Farm reminds me of the Damascus goats. I wonder if way back there is any reason for that? The Damascus or Damascene goats are huge and have odd shaped faced wtih very large Roman noses and are adulterated to look even uglier for contests there. Weird, I know. But the buckling does look a bit like that.
He is tamer than the little Jacob ram by far. Even after all this time, that little ram runs to the other side of the pen whenever any humans are in sight. Now with Timmy, the Angora buckling and the new boy, who are both quite friendly, I hope the ram lamb learns to be more trusting.
Welcome to the Fat Ewe Farm. Now, I have to think of a name most fitting for this Kiwi from down under. I looked up popular Maori boys names and I think I have settled on ARI, because it is easy to say and remember. What do you think?