Commercial Kiko goat farming is not so popular. But as a good meat goat breed, commercial Kiko goat farming business can be profitable. Meat of the Kiko goat is of very good quality and it has very good demand in the market. So, starting this business can be profitable.
The Kiko goat breed was developed in the 1980s by Garrick and Anne Batten of Nelson in the Northern South Island in the 1980s. They cross-bred local feral goats with imported dairy bucks of the Anglo Nubian, Saanen and Toggenburg breeds.
And then in the 1990s, the Kiko goats were exported to the United States. And today the Kiko goat is also available in some other countries.
How to Start Kiko Goat Farming
Starting Kiko goat farming business is easy. It’s just like starting a goat farming business with any other meat goat breeds. First of all you have to purchase good quality animals, then make a good shelter for them, feed them quality feeds and always try to take good care of them. Here we are shortly describing about all these steps.
Purchase goats from any of your nearest livestock market or existing farms, if Kiko goats are available in your area. You can also search your local online classifieds for purchasing animals.
Like many other goat breeds, the Kiko goats also require good housing or shelter facilities. Dry and clean house is generally considered good for them. Raised house (which are above from the ground) is generally considered good for Kiko goat farming.
Make the house in such a way so that you can easily clean the house. Ensure good ventilation system inside the house, and also ensure sufficient flow of fresh air and light. On average, a mature Kiko goat will require about 12 square feet housing space.
Feeding the Kiko goats with very good quality foods is very important. Good food not only helps the goats to grow well, but also helps them to stay healthy. So always try to feed your animals with very good quality foods. Both grains and greens are required for the Kiko goats.
Also provide your goats with vitamins and minerals as per the recommendation of a vet. And always provide your goats with enough clean and fresh drinking water.
The Kiko goats are good breeders. And generally, natural breeding is practiced for Kiko goat farming. On average a healthy buck is enough for breeding about 30-35 does.
Taking additional care will ensure good growth and health of the animals. So try to take extra care of them. De-worm and vaccinate them timely and always try to keep them free from parasites.
Marketing goat products is not a problem. You can easily sell your goats or goat products in any of your nearest or local market. Goat meat has good demand and value in the market.
These are the steps for starting and operating a successful Kiko goat farming business. Good luck!