RR 4, Powassan, Ontario, POH 1Z0, Canada
E-mail us at : Sandy Briggs
Pictured: "NEGATIVE" (purebred Alpine, at 6 mos.) proves how agile and tractable the goat
We no longer have Alpine goats, having changed to Boer and Kiko's.
- The goat has been called the 'poor farmer's cow'. They eat less and
produce an excellent quality milk that is easily digested by babies, seniors,
and people with eating disorders. Cheese, butter, yoghurt, ice cream, and soap
can all be made from the milk.
- Goats are browsers more than grazers, and will work through the brush
eating fresh shoots, trimming low branches from the evergreens, and even eat
the bark on some types of trees. Because they take a mouthful here, and a
mouthful there, they cover a large area when eating.
- They have a sense of humour, are very mischievous, and can jump or get
through many types of fencing. If they can't push through, jump over, or
wriggle under, they will keep testing any fence, and never give up.
- We have two types of goats. The Boer goats
are a breed developed in South Africa. They are basically white in colour,
have a distinctive red head and ears, and sometimes red body markings, and heavy pendulous ears. The Boer is a
meat goat, and can have three sets of kids in two years, compared to the
normal one set of kids a year for other breeds. They are very docile, and
although not heavy milkers, have good quality milk and fast growing kids. The bucks have large curving horns, compared to the straighter ones of the Kiko's. Our second breed is the Kiko goats, relatively new to Canada, and we currently have several registered Kiko's as well as percentage Kiko-Boer goats. The Kikos have a high resistance to worms and parasites which makes them ideal in many places. They are a big goat, and have longer horns - our purebred buck has ones more like a Highland Cow than a mountain goat.
- Goat kids are sometimes available as future breeding stock, pets, and for
meat. Adults may be available from time to time. This year we expect to have Boer, Kiko, BoerX and KikoX kids....the first ones were born late January.
- Buck and doe kids may be available in 2016 by both a purebred Boer buck, and the Kiko buck.
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