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KINDER GOATS - THE PERFECT HOMESTEADER’S GOAT

So, you say you want it all in a goat that’s not so tall.

Creamy milk oh so sweet, to make fudge, a special treat.

Plenty of meat is a must and personality you can trust.

A variety of colors, spots and patches too,

Will make the Kinder Goat just right you.

Breed History

So, this may have you wondering, what is a Kinder Goat? The Kinder Goat Breed was established in Snohomish, Washington by Pat Showhalter on Zederkamm Farm in 1985. She bred her first freshening Nubian does to her registered pygmy bucks to allow for easy kidding. Her discovery created a beautiful doe named Liberty. Her size smaller, easier to handle and more efficient on feed and housing. This experiment peeked Pat’s interest and she continued to breed first generations, then 2nd generations to 5th generation, and then an adorable, small, well balanced goat was the result. Many breeders around her began to follow suit. The Kinder Goats became a dual-purpose goat providing excellent milk and healthy meat efficiently. Another attribute that adds to the breed is their friendly, yet curious personalities. With the discovery that Kinder Goats could also be bred all year, this even added more excitement to have the versatility in more control of kidding times and milk production. Eventually, the Kinder Goat Breeders Association was established in the United States to offer a resource for others interested in breeding Kinder Goats. 

In 1989, I began to look for a goat breed that would be easier for me to handle on my farm. I was searching for a smaller goat that could provide milk, meat and be a great companion. I discovered information about the Kinder Goats and began working with the association to help in the development of the breed in Ohio on Rustic Acres Farm. I quickly realized that in a pen, where I could fit one Nubian doe, I could now fit 2 full size Kinder does. Full size Kinder females will grow to 26 inches tall and weigh approximately 115 – 125 pounds, and males 28 inches weighing in at 135 to 150 pounds. Compared to a weight of 135 pounds of a Nubian doe or 175 pounds on a Nubian buck, every little bit helps. During feeding, the adult Kinder Goats only required about 1 lb. of feed per day as compared to the 2.5 pounds of feed needed to feed an adult Nubian. The Kinders were proving to be more efficient in housing & feed requirements. As you read this article, my goal is to help you understand how the Kinder Goat has managed to rise to the top as the perfect homesteading goat.

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Milk

When I finally began to milk our Kinder Goats, I decided to participate in milk test to see how the Kinder Goat milk compared to other goat milk. While on milk test, I was amazed at the lower somatic cell count in the milk which directly correlated to the bacteria count in the milk and the taste of the milk. The Kinder milk generally did not have the typical “goaty” taste as many describe when tasting goat milk, but a very sweet and creamy taste. With select breeding, the does were producing ½ gallon to 1 gallon a day, which is very comparable to the larger breeds. Kinder milk has one of the highest butterfat contents at least 6%, which is great in making cheese, butter, yogurt, soap, ice cream, lotion, and of course goat milk fudge. 

Meat

Although small in size, the Kinder maintains width and body capacity. Kinder Goats raised for meat finish quicker to market weight. They dress out at about 60%, which is at least 10% higher than most larger breeds.  Goat meat (chevon) is also very healthy being lower in cholesterol, fat and calories. There are a variety of recipes and ways to prepare chevon to be added into any diet.

Breeding

Kinders can be bred anytime during the year, while most larger breeds are bred fall to freshen in the spring. This flexibility allows to have goats freshen all year to provide goat milk when needed. When they freshen, they are known to at least have twins, but also can have triplets, quads and even quintuplets. The multiple births offer more kids to offer for sale, to raise in the herd as replacement stock, or to raise for meat production. 

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Breed Characteristics

Kinders are bred generation to generation resulting in a Certificate of Merit, but upon reaching 5th generation, the Kinder Goat is considered Registered by the Kinder Goat Breeders Association.  The important part of breeding the Kinder is not to worry about generation, but more about breeding to improve the desired characteristics of the breed. The variety of genetics introduced through the generations; Kinder Goats may be any color.  They may be solid, spotted, or have white patches with different accent colors.  The ears may be down and long, or shorter with control.  Many are known for their “airplane” ears.  These characteristics just add to their appearance and personality.  The desire is to maintain dairy characteristic with thicker bone and width to allow for meat production.

So Much in A Little Package

The development of the Kinder Goat opened the door for people with small farms to have everything they need in one little goat.  Kinder Goats provide creamy, sweet milk to drink, make ice cream, cheese and even fudge.  You can harvest an abundance of healthy meat efficiently.  Since they can be bred all year, this versatility allows for a breeder to freshen goats both in the fall and spring allowing for a continual milk supply.  The added bonus is their pleasant personality, and the extreme variation of colors. Since they offer basic needs and so much more, the Kinder Goat would be a great addition to any farm.  I hope by reading this article I have sparked your interest to make your farm a little “Kinder.”  To find more information about Kinder Goats, you are welcome to contact me at rusticacres6633@gmail.com, my Facebook Page at Rustic Acres, Berlin Center Ohio, or visit the Kinder Goat Breeders Association website at www.Kindergoatbreeders.com.

Kimberly Carrera-Moff

Kimberly Carrera-Moff

Growing up on a 25-acre horse farm, I never dreamed I would be known as “The Goat Lady” 40 years later. My real name is Kimberly Carrera-Moff and I live on a 100-acre farm, Rustic Acres, in Berlin Center, Ohio. I am a 35 year 4-H advisor for the Capriculturists and the Mahoning County Goat Club and have been Manager of the Mahoning County Junior Fair for 30 years in Canfield, Ohio. I am a charter life-time member of the Kinder Goat Association and assisted with the development of the kinder goat breed. I have raised registered pygmy goats, boar goats, Nubians, but my favorite breed on the farm is by far the kinder goat. With a total of over 40 years of experience of working with goats, I have worked with local feed nutritionists and veterinarians in feed development and analyzing health issues on our goat farm. They say time flies when you are having fun but it seems just like yesterday that I held my very first goat in 4-H. Sharing my goat experience and knowledge I have gained over the years is a dream come true and will hopefully make an easier road for upcoming goat enthusiasts.

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