Kikos United hosts Buck Day at Tazewell County Fairgrounds On Saturday, October 9, Kikos United LLC, hosted its 2021

Buck Day at the Tazewell County Fairgrounds in Virginia. Buck Day was a free event and was open to the public.

It was the perfect introduction to meat goat production. Buck Day educated attendees on the benefits of raising and selling Kiko goats with a turn-key approach covering everything from your first purchase to marketing your established farm.

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New farmers, cattle ranchers and micro-farms alike were en- couraged to attend. This event was co-hosted by Tazwell, Va., res- idents, James and April Wilson, owners of Circle W Ranch and their Kikos United partners, Charles and Sherri Reece, owners of Dean Hill Kikos of Pleasant Shade, Tenn. “We are beyond proud to bring this event to Tazewell,” April Wilson said. “As part of the Kiko breeders community, James and I knew Tazewell was the perfect place to host this event that covers a lot

of topics both for those new to meat goats and the established breeders.”

This one-day event featured Kiko bucks from Virginia, Tennes- see, South Carolina and North Carolina. Future and current producers from Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia were also in atten- dance.

Buck collection was conducted by Veal Genetic Services.

Mandy Fletcher, with Virginia State University’s Small Farm Out- reach Program onsite to talk with breeders about resources available to them. WVVA, a local news outlet, was also there covering the event.

Throughout the day well-known breeders from The Abandoned Dog, Rowland Hills Farm, Circle W Ranch, Mountain Top Kikos and Dean Hill Kikos led discussions on herd management, buck health, maintaining your farm and marketing best practices. Breeders Garry and Christine Fuller of Double RR Ranch and owners of Fuller Coun- try Store & More provided lunch. “We are very happy with the turnout and the support from the

community,” Sherri Reece said. “At last count we were right at a hun- dred people here to learn about the Kiko breed and to talk with local producers. Their participation and personal interactions are what we at Kikos United are all about!”

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Discussions were held on buck management, health and marketing.

Dennis and Clarice Wimmer with Rowdy’s Stagecoach. Kikos United LLC was founded earlier this year by James and

April Wilson and Charles and Sherri Reece. Their mission is to pro- mote raising and selling Kiko goats in North America.

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