The Kinder™ Goat breed originated in 1985 in Washington, USA, from crossing a Nubian doe with an African Pygmy Goat buck. The goal was to produce a mid-sized, dual purpose (milk and meat) goat.
The Kinder Goat Breeders Association (KGBA) was organized in 1988 to protect and promote the breed. Kinder® is the registered trademark of the KGBA.
Appearance / health:
According to the Kinder Goat Breeders Association (KGBA), "The Kinder is a midsize goat that is well proportioned in body length and legs. Its compact physique conforms to dairy characteristics despite its somewhat heavy bone and lean, yet well muscled structure. The Kinder goat is a prolific, productive, alert, animated, good-natured and gregarious breed."
Goats are sensitive animals that can suffer from various infectious and chronic diseases that are sometimes undetected until too late. Vaccinations, as well as de-worming and de-lousing applications must be conducted as needed. Milking goats should be checked regularly using prescribed mastitis tests for udder health. Milking areas should always be clean and the goat’s teats treated with teat dip after milking to prevent mastitis.
Goats must be inspected frequently to detect any signs of poor health, infections, or other ailments. Signs include cloudy or teary eyes, dull or fluffed up coat, droopy tail, hunched back, or poor appetite. A veterinarian should always be on call to address health concerns.
Behavior / temperament:
Goats are inherently curious, active, intelligent, and social. They are known to have the ability to overcome enclosures by unraveling the gate, climbing over the mesh, or pushing and ramming the fence down. Goats have good coordination and balance and can manage to climb low trees, ledges, and overhangs. Their curiosity leads them to constantly investigate items with their mouths; most items get chewed and swallowed. With a little patience, goats can be taught to carry or pull loads, respond to calls, and lead a herd. As social animals, they easily get along with other farm animals.
Housing / diet:
As herd animals, goats are best kept in pairs or groups. As grazers, they require an outdoor habitat that is securely fenced to prevent escape or foraging in restricted areas. The area should be large enough to allow the goat to roam. The recommended habitat per goat is 200 sq. ft. of yard or pasture plus a sheltered or indoor area of about 15 sq. ft. The sheltered area should be adequately built to keep the goats safe from rain and strong winds.
Keeping goats inside the house is not recommended because of the pet’s tendency to gnaw and chew on furniture and furnishings. Goats are also not known to adhere to toilet training.
The ideal food for domesticated goats is alfalfa hay and grass hay. This should be available daily in quantities of at least 3% of the goat’s body weight. Small quantities of feed grain and concentrates (often protein-enriched) like goat show or goat grain can also be given to add nutrition. Supplements are often used to address deficiencies inherent to local habitats.
Clean water is essential to a goat’s daily diet. It should always be available and provided where it cannot be soiled. Dirty and moldy water is hazardous to the goat’s health. Milking goats should be kept away from aromatic or strong-tasting foliage like garlic, onions, mint, and cabbage, which could taint the flavor of the milk.
delicious milk, playful manner, high butter fat, sweet temperaments, excellent meat goats
new breed, larger udder, gentle soap, multiple kid births, easy keepers, better cheese
Growing up on a farm, there were of course many animals, including goats. Our goats were not really pets, we raised them for the most part for milk and then either sold them or traded them for other farm animals. Out of all the animals, the goats were the most docile...as long as you didn't turn your back! They were definitely not finicky, and would eat just about anything – including my winter scarf! Of course milking them early in the morning was not the funnest thing to do, and they didn't seem to enjoy it much either. The one nice thing about goats is that when putting them out to pasture to graze, they get along very well with the horses and cows, and were often an early warning system for predators, as they can make a lot of noise!.
From BelizeWife Jun 8 2015 9:38AM
With the split hooves that goats have, it can be a great habit to check their feet. You won't necessarily "pick" them as you would a horse hoof, but you can check for any kind of injury, infection, or object stuck between the hooves. .
From DrHill 60 days ago