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rnrnKiko Goats were bred in NewrnZealand for meat production. The Maori word "Kiko" means flesh or meat. The breedrnwas developed by Garrick and Anne Batten of Nelson in the northern South Island.rnThe Kiko breed was established by crossbreeding selected feral does withrnAnglo-Nubian, Toggenburg and Saanen bucks, with further cross-breeding in thernsecond and third generations. After four generations of selective breeding - selection being on the grounds of survivability and growth rate in a hill countryrnenvironment-  a dramatic improvement in live weight and animal performance wasrnachieved. By 1986 the Kiko breed was established and the herd was closed tornfurther cross-breeding. Within New Zealand, control of the breed has remainedrnwith the original developers.


In the 1990s, ranchers beganrnimporting Kiko Goats into North America and organized the American Kiko GoatrnAssociation. In 2000, the American Kiko Goat Association purchased the NorthrnAmerican Kiko Goat Registry. This is the only Kiko registry that has a seamlessrnancestry dating back to the first imports.


There are now two major Kikorngoat registries in North American, International Kiko Goat Association andrnAmerican Kiko Goat Association. The American Kiko Goat Association requiresrnthat all sires be genotyped and match their sire DNA, and all purebred doesrnborn on or after January 1, 2008, will be genotyped to increase the accuracy ofrnthe registry. The International Kiko Goat Association offers the same servicesrnbut concentrates more on the actual traits that make the Kiko a superiorrnproduction animal.


Interest continues tornincrease in the consistent traits and characteristics of Kiko goats. Whetherrnraised Kiko on Kiko, or crossed with other breeds, Kikos bring improvement inrnprofits because of their low maintenance, high rate of growth, resistance andrntolerance to parasites, excellent maternal instincts, ease of kidding, vigor ofrnnewborn kids, and because of the incorporation of milk breeds in the creationrnof Kiko, an ample milk supply to raise twins that gain quickly to earlier salernweights.



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International Kiko Goat Associations, inc. International Kiko Goat Associations, inc. - www.theikga.org


National Kiko Registry National Kiko Registry - www.nationalkikoregistry.com


The American Kiko Goat Association The American Kiko Goat Association - kikogoats.com


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