The Kiko goat needs less deworming, less hoof trimming, has less disease and less kidding problems, in other words, less maintenance, heartache and less work. In addition, Kiko goats are extremely hardy and have a high feed conversion rate, requiring little in the way of supplementary feeding
Kiko goats are becoming well known as wonderful moms, who most often kid twins and can maintain triplets without human intervention. The kids are vigorous and "hit the ground running". They grow rapidly, have sound feet, are parasite-resistant, need minimal maintenance input and reach sexual maturity early.
Kiko goats are extremely hardy and have a high feed conversion rate (the ability to convert feed efficiently to marketable meat); they have lighter bones than other breeds but have large frames that pack on a lot of meat.
The Kiko goat was purpose-bred in New Zealand for meat production – the Maori word “kiko” meaning flesh or meat. The Kiko was developed from feral goats that had been liberated or had escaped over the last hundred years or so of European settlement. The Kiko breed was established by crossbreeding selected feral does with Anglo-Nubian, Toggenburg and Saanen bucks. The American Kiko is the result of further crossbreeding with Spanish and Nubian goats to produce an extremely hardy goat that spends its entire life out on the land.