Kikos are more weather tolerant and aggressive foragers.
It has been proven they are more parasite resistant than most goat breeds.
The does have exceptional maternal instincts.
The does have a higher milk yield comparable to the dairy breed.
There is less human intervention for hoof trimming and general care.
Kikos can breed and have their kids in the pasture under most weather conditions., with the exception of severe weather in the northern states.
Field housing is essential for all goats.
Kikos were developed from the ferel goats of New Zealand and bred to domesticated dairy goats to produce an excellent meat and milk goat with good survival traits.
Kids are early maturers and can be bred at an earlier age. Bucks can breed by 5 months old and does mature earlier than most goat breeds. We have noticed especially with the dairy breeds.
When cross bred to the boer areed a superior growth advantage is achieved, faster weight gain, early maturity and less cost to raise the kids. That means goats go to market before 3 months of age. These goats are known as GENEMASTERS. This will be covered on another page.
The disposition of these animals are greatly improved for both bucks and does.
Note: In our experience disbudding before 5 days old provides safer handeling and the goats disposition is improved. There is less butting between the animals and a calmer herd. Another advantage of no horns is that they don't get their heads stuck in fences.