The Li'l Promised Land difference
We do things differently than most Kiko breeders. Here are some of those differences:
- We health test our herd for CL, CAE and Johne's. We test potential new goats before buying them or bringing them to our property, and retest all adults before kidding season begins on an annual basis.
- We don't grain feed our babies. Many breeders feed medicated grain to babies as a preventative for coccidiosis and then continue to feed grain to "beef up" the babies, for impressive weaning weights. Most conventional grain is full of GMO corn and soy. Our babies are free to eat off the land and enjoy the browse, without being pumped full of GMO's or chemicals. Depending on when the kids are born, babies might be born in
the pasture and will remain with their dam through weaning eating
- Our goals differ from many breeders in that we are not attempting to produce the biggest beefiest kids to sell at the market. Rather we hope to produce healthy, hearty goats that are excellent foragers. We mainly sell our kids as breeding stock or pasture fed for meat. Colorado is a very dry state and most pastures are sparse and mainly grass. However, we are blessed to have a ditch area running through our property and neighboring properties that we lease lush with: Golden Currants, Wild Roses, Chokecherries, Stinging Nettle, Poison Ivy, Alfalfa, Thistles, and other protein packed weeds (there is some grass too!).
- We strive to offer holistic natural care. Whenever possible, we use holistic treatments such as herbal remedies rather than chemicals for ailments. We don't routinely administer antibiotics as a preventative treatment. We are still learning and are taking a course to become a Certified Herbalist.
- Vaccinations: we do minimal vaccinations or none at all. Sometimes we will only vaccinate for CD&T by request from a buyer.
- Brush clearing service. We use our goats to manage noxious weeds and improve the land. They eat the weeds and leave it better than before they came by eating weeds and their seeds and fertilizing the soil. This allows the native plants to fill in over time. We are looking for homeowners who would like to benefit from this arrangement.
Birth weight and 90 day weaning weight:
Most breeders emphasize birth weight and a high 90 day weaning weight. Many factors will affect the weights including:
- Is the kid a single/twin/triplet? The more kids born in a litter, the lighter the birth weights tend to be, since the babies are sharing resources. Also the weaning weights of triplets might be less than a single kid who doesn't have to share his mama's milk.
- Are the kids grain fed? If so, they will likely have a much higher weaning weight than a pasture fed kid.