Thursday, September 17, 2015

Recognition of Performance Tested Herds

The American Kiko Goat Association is a member run and owned organization dedicated to the maintenance and continued selection of quality Kiko goats with an eye to the future of the Kiko breed and also the Meat Goat Industry in the USA.

Quality goats with the ability to produce pounds of kid with no unnecessary extra maintenance or excessive management is the type of meat goat the industry needs, and the research done by Dr. Richard Browning at Tennessee State University clearly points to the Kiko as the superior meat goat for farming ease, reproduction, and pounds of kid per doe per year.

In a continuing effort to support the breed and the membership of the AKGA, the association invites its current members who consign goats to central performance tests to e-mail the Chairman of the AKGA Performance Committee with details of the tests to which they have consigned. The members will then have their farms, along with the tests they have attended over the years, listed on the AKGA website -

Central Performance Test long-time consignors
(L-R) John Smith, Kendall Barnes, and Jarred Dennison

The details should include the consignor's name, the proper name of the test and the year that the member consigned goats. Everyone likes to see goats do very well at the central performance tests. However, no matter how the kids perform, participation in a central performance test indicates a dedication to the working origins of the Kiko breed and a commitment by the breeder to select animals who can positively contribute to their breeding program and potentially the breeding program of others. Many breeders use the tests to assess new genetics on their farm and some use the test as a tool to aid in the selection of a future herd sire.

It is the AKGA's believe that such members deserve recognition and we aim to aid both consignors and prospective performance tested goat buyers to reach each other. This will help spread the tested goats' genetics and help new buyers more easily achieve success by using goats who are from performance minded producers and who are expected to perform.

Central Performance Test consignors can email PJ Murphy at for inclusion.

Provided by PJ Murphy