|Heartland's Kinder Goats||
WHAT IS A KINDER GOAT?
The Kinder goat originates from a cross between a Pygmy buck and a Nubian doe; no small feat I assure you. But when it comes to breeding, the Kinder has a definite advantage; Kinder goats are aseasonal breeders (a trait inherited from their Pygmy lineage), meaning that they can be bred at any time of the year. As many of us live in a very cold climate with long winters, breeding for spring or summer kids makes the entire process much more relaxed and enjoyable. Or you can choose to stagger breedings so that there is always a doe or two in milk.
Frequently, Kinders have multiple births (triplets, quadruplets, and even quintuplets are common in Kinders. There have been 7 reported births of sextuplets!). This wonderful goat is gregarious and affectionate. Each has their own distinct personality. We love to watch them play hide -n- seek, king/queen of the mountain on their climbing equipment or simply running for joy and kicking up their heals. They are a happy lot.
The Kinder's size is another valuable asset. The maximum height at the withers for a doe is 26 inches or 66 cm and they weigh about 110-125 pound (50-57 kg). A buck may weigh between 135-150 pounds (61-68 kg) and reach a maximum height of 28 inches (71 cm). The minimum height for Kinders is 20 inches (51 cm). This smaller goat is ideal for small acreages requiring less pasture and small accommodations, with savings in overall feed costs, being easier to handle when trimming hooves, milking and teaching to line dance.
So now we come to the big payoff of breeding Kinders; their dual functionality.
Kinder milk has a high butterfat content, sometimes higher than 7 percent! It also has higher amounts of milk solids, and is ideal for making cheese, yogurt, cream; the dairy possibilities are endless, and delicious! And, Kinders have the meaty Pygmy shoulders and haunches, often yielding dressing percentages as high as 60%.
It's important to remember that goats are herd animals, and are quite unhappy alone. They should always be housed with another goat of their gender or a wether; a small donkey or alpaca works well, too.