Dedicated to Performance Testing
Our Kiko goats are tested for performance on our farm… we track weaning and other milestone weights, doe efficiency, maternal traits, birth vigor, and hoof condition. Parasite resistance and resilience is also very important to us, and we track this on each goat using fecal egg counts and famacha scores. We utilize the Goat Herd Improvement program from Kentucky State University as the cornerstone of our on-farm testing. Hoosier Hills is the only Midwestern Kiko goat herd that has continuous participation in the Goat Herd Improvement Program for the last 7 years.
Data is available on all of our goats… the data is used for breed stock selection, culling decisions as well as individual buck breeding plans. We’re always working toward improving our doe herd performance and genetics. It takes a lot of time and effort, but its worth it to help improve this outstanding breed!
Central Performance Testing
We began participating in central performance testing in 2014, and believe that it has and will continue to help us improve our herd performance. Central performance testing brings animals from many different farms and evaluates them under the same environmental conditions. They are evaluated on many factors including average daily gain, parasite resistance and resilience, carcass quality, etc, using the best available science, and usually in a university farm setting. For more information and an interesting perspective on this type of performance test, follow this link: Role of Central Performance test
2016 was the third year that Hoosier Hills Kikos participated in the Western Maryland Buck Performance test to help evaluate and improve our herd. This test reveals strengths and weaknesses in bucks from all over the country. Our success at this central performance test has been mixed…. however we have gained some valuable insight into our kiko goats as well as others. We are proud of the success we achieved in this test, as it is well known to be one of the toughest in the nation. To read more about this test see this link: www.mdgoattest.blogspot.com
Western Maryland Test Successes For Hoosier Hills Kikos:
2016 Maryland Test:
*Top ten forage contest buck
*5th Ranked Carcass Contest Buck
2015 Maryland Test:
*Our 4 bucks comprised the 5th ranked consignment during the growth phase of the test.
*Tied for first place ranking of most resilient buck on the test, with a consistent dark famacha score of 1
*3 out of 4 of our bucks on consignment had average or larger ribeye areas, one was 36% larger than average. Pictured below is one of our bucks consigned to the 2015 test.
2014 Maryland Test:
*Hoosier Hills buck was the 8th ranked buck on test for parasite resistance with an average fecal egg count of 850 eggs per gram
*Top ranked buck for ribeye area ratio… our buck had the highest ribeye area ratio on the test of 145%. That is 45% larger than the average ribeye size of bucks on the test.
Remembering our friend and kiko mentor, Craig Adams