Sunday, November 7, 2010

Comparison Study

Form my 4-H project this year I did a Rate of Gain Comparison Test.
We had to have all our goats and have them banded on June 1st.
First we want to thank Lisa Lamm, Sue Huston and the Kinder Association for all their help in making our study and making it fun. Thanks to Lisa for the two Kinders to include in our study.
On June 1st we banded all the bucks to make them wethers, and then we weighed them in at our county 4-H scales.
We had eleven wethers in our study. They were all fed the same grain mix, had hay and they grazed. It was very hot during the entire study. We weighed them with a goat tape each week and they had two official weigh-ins.
One of the first things we noticed was some of the goats stressed more than others the stressed goats didn’t eat as well as the non-stressed ones. We had one wether (Nell) who didn’t eat any grain until the last week; he lost weight during the study. It did seem that the younger or smaller ones didn’t stress as much when we banded them. The larger wethers stressed more from being banded.

The Boer gained the most weight but he also ate 3X as much grain. He would eat all the time. When it was real hot most of them didn’t want to eat very much grain but the heat didn’t affect the Boer he always ate.
Age wise the Nubian X, the Boer, the Lamancha, the Nigerian and the Kinder were all born in Feb. The Saanen was born in March. The Saanen Kiko X was born in Dec. and Jan.

Sue Huston contacted us and ask to buy back three of the wether’s to do a dress-out weight. (How much meat compared to live weight) Here are the results of the Rate of Gain and percentage of meat.

Over all for an all around easy keeper the Kinder seems to be the way to go.
Meat and milk how much better can you get?
James and Emily Blauvelt

Kinder                              Boer                           Dairy Cross
Live wt. 61 pds                 Live wt. 53 pds           Live wt. 51 pds.
Burger   18 pds                 Burger   15 pds           Burger    13 pds
        29%                                  28%                            25% 

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Kinder Breed

The Kinder breed is a mid-size goat for both milk and meat. The Kinder is only registered by the Kinder Goat Breeders Association. Anyone selling Kinder then saying they are registered as experimental are not selling Kinder goats. Please beware!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Bramble Patch Kinder Mi Pippin

BPK Mi Pippin

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Kinder Goats

The Kinder goat has been in existence for over 20 years but there are still many that have never heard of this wonderful little goat. This is my main reason for starting this blog.

The Kinder goat is a mid-size dual purpose animal that gives such wonderful sweet tasting milk and will also provide a very good meat carcass. This little goat can be kept in a small amount of space. A couple of little does could be kept in a large back yard that provides shelter from the elements and good high fencing so the goat can be kept in. I say a couple of does because goats are a very social animal and like company of their own kind.

Good hay and clean water should be provided at all times. They will need their feet trimmed on a regular basis. All feed needs to be kept up off the ground, this will cut down on the internal parasite problem that all goats are effected by.

If you plan on milking the does then you are going to need a milk stanchion. One kept just off of the main housing for your goats would be ideal. This is where we keep our grain supply that we feed to our goats each day. A good latch is advised for the door going into this area because goats are very curious and they are going to want to see what is being kept here. Over eating of grain can cause sickness and sometimes death.

Goats are wonderful companions and love affection. Not only will they provide milk, milk products and meat but they will provide much love to their owner or owners.