Fergus is our breeding buck. He is nearly 3 years old, and has already proven himself and sired a number of large and healthy kids for us!
Fergus is 75% Spanish, and 25% Savanna goat. We have a particular interest in his Spanish goat heritage, and any new animals added to our herd from outside will be Spanish goats. We selected him for his sweet temperament and his distinctive looks and body type. He is quite the 'stud'.
Flo is our herd queen. She is a 4 year old 100% Boer goat. She has consistently produced quality kids for us, and though she can be a huge goofball, she is friendly and approachable.
Miss Cleo is also a 4 year old 100% Boer goat. She is a class act and a doting mother. Miss Cleo is the twin of our goat Freckles.
Freckles is Miss Cleo's full twin, so she is also a 4 year old Boer goat. Freckles is the sillier one of the twins, and has also made some very beautiful babies for us.
Abaddon is a 4 year old 100% Kiko goat. Kikos are noted for their hardy nature, and Abby certainly represents that. She can be a bit bossy and standoffish; she wishes she were the herd queen, but Flo is definitely the Queen B. (oer) We love Abbaddon's flashy coat, and she has given us one of the most impressive doelings we have ever produced. We definitely look forward to keeping some of her offspring when we consider adding another buck.
Temperance is a 4 year old Boer/Kiko cross. She was initially quite shy when she arrived here, but she has blossomed into a friendly and inquisitive goat. She is also the mother of the only doe in our herd that we have retained from our previous herd buck. She continues to impress us with each kidding.
Rowena is the only goat that we retained from our first herd buck, who was 100% Boer. She is the daughter of our Boer/Kiko cross, Temperance. Her coloring was completely unexpected, and we knew she was a keeper from the start. She has since been bred to Fergus, and birthed easily, so we are very pleased with our choice to keep her.
Spanish Goats are a Heritage Breed of goat unique to the Americas. At one point, these descendants of the Mediterranean stock (a type that no longer exists) that explorers were dependent upon were the ONLY goats in most parts of North America. Not to be confused with scrub or brush goats (often nicknamed Spanish goats), Spanish goats are a breed in their own right and under 'Watch' status by the Livestock Conservancy. Spanish goats are prized for their hardiness and as meat and hide goats, often being used as stock for crossbreeding with other breeds like Boer for better meat production.
The colors of the Spanish goat can vary widely, even within a herd, which adds an element of fun to the breeding. We are excited to be utilizing this breed along with Boer and Kiko to establish a goat herd of healthy, durable, parasite-resistant, productive meat animals. As goat meat is the #1 consumed red meat in the world, and as it becomes more widely appreciated in the US, we will happily provide stock for breeding or meat purposes to the consumer.
Kiko means 'meat' in the Maori language. One guess what this breed of goat is used for...
Kiko goats come from New Zealand, where the breed was developed in the 1980's by crossing feral goats in the region with imported stock of Anglo-Nubian, Saanen, and Toggenburg breeds.
This breed can be very valuable to producers; especially in our hot, humid climate of Upstate SC, as the Kiko were bred to be hardy, parasite-resistant goats. Indeed, since the introduction of the Kiko into our herd, along with proper parasite management and culling for resistant traits, we are well on our way to producing a hardy cross ourselves. We feel that our herd is the healthiest it has ever been, and we attribute that to the introduction of hardier stock.
Boer goats were developed in South Africa, where the word 'boer' means 'farmer'. Since their introduction to the United States, the Boer goat has quickly become the predominant goat breed in the meat goat market. The Boer is a large breed, with a heavy bone structure and muscle mass to make for a very bountiful carcass. Since we are very much focused on meat production, the Boer breed is a very valuable asset to include in our breeding and purposeful crossing. We will continue to work towards a larger animal that grows quickly with the healthy resistance of the Kiko and the intriguing history, look, and nature of the Spanish goat.