when you have to keep them in the same pas- ture for long periods of time that leads to other problems.

I sold some does last summer to some people who were just starting with Kikos. They took them home and later sent me in- formation about the fecal testing they did.

The goats had a really high fecal count but were doing really well and that is the kind of resilience we are striving for.

Fencing, good LGDs, disease, para- sites, markets, medicine, breeding, record keeping, having a good vet and nutrition are all things you better know if you are going to

raise goats — no matter what breed you choose. Also, know other good experienced goat people. One thing I’ve learned is if it’s a goat it’s possible, and anything can happen. The best thing about Facebook is not just getting to talk to my family and grand- children but I get to talk to other Kiko breeders. One thing I like to do is talk about my goats. If you are around me very long you will hear stories about my Kikos. I have plenty to tell.

My favorite story is about our three- legged goat, Goldie. She was caught in a tree and hung by her front leg during a storm. When my husband David found her, he thought she was dead.

He carried her back to the house and off to the vet we went. She lost her front leg but still gave us great kids for about six more years. That’s Kiko tough.

My husband and I are both on the board of directors for the Kentucky Goat Producers Association. It’s a great opportunity to help people who raise goats and mentor those just starting. Great opportunities to meet other goat breeders and get good information. I love people to come see my goats. I’m proud of what we have accomplished with our Kikos.

The hardest thing for me to learn was culling goats that have problems. It is hard when you spend time with them and think you can fix the problem, or give them one more chance. I am doing better and this year we’ve culled several does. I tell people when they ask me about raising goats that it is not for the faint of heart. There are joys and there is heartbreak too.

Most recently one of my New Zealand bucks was late coming up to eat and I went looking for him. Up from the back pasture he came dragging his front leg. He had broken it. So off to the vet we went. He broke the bone between the shoulder and the knee. So he’s in a cast and enjoying all the special at- tention he’s getting right now. But, he was a promising buck that was going to move up in rank and be the top guy here at the farm. We are just hoping that he heals well enough to be able to breed. He has given us great kids for the last few years. We have had some pretty good storms during kidding season this year. One of my does decided to kid just before she got to the barn in the middle of a downpour. When we found her, she had managed to get two of her triplets cleaned up and standing. But one lit- tle fellow was still covered in afterbirth and not moving.

When we picked him up he was breath- ing but very cold. Got him into the house and

20 Goat Rancher | May 2020

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