Research conducted at Tennessee State University (Nashville, TN) and Fort Valley State University (Fort Valley, Georgia) has shown that the Kiko is demonstrating outstanding performance in the southeastern U.S. (see the Research page of this website). The evidence suggests that the Kiko's performance can actually improve through scientific performance-based breeding programs that continue to practice disciplined culling. Each Kiko breeder over time creates his/her own unique population genetics through the use of a structured breeding program. Sharing of these genetics between breeders, or the introduction of superior phenotypes for a desired characteristic, can continue to enhance a breeder's Kiko stock (as long as rigorous culling is maintained). The IKGA encourages and supports its members in applying this methodology to their herds for the continued improvement of the Kiko breed as a whole.Kiko/Boer Goat Hybrids and the IKGA:
The IKGA recognizes the great contributions made to the meat goat industry by Boer goat breeders throughout the world. We believe that Boer producers can benefit from using the production performance of the Kiko to enhance their own meat production programs. The cross of these two breeds can create a beneficial hybrid vigor if careful attention is paid to the production phenotypes of each animal used in the cross.
IKGA breeders in the southeastern United States have been particularly impressed with the exceptional performance of the 3/4 Kiko and 1/4 Boer cross. The IKGA recognizes this unique hybrid cross as the American MeatMaker™.
The American Meatmaker™ hybrid is achieved through the following breeding strategy:
Fullblood Kiko X Fullblood Boer = 50%Kiko/50%Boer [1/2] (called a BoKi™)
BoKi™ X Fullblood Kiko = American MeatMaker™ (75%Kiko/25%Boer) [3/4]
Commercial meat goat breeders interested in this unique aspect of the IKGA registry are encouraged to join our membership and work with the IKGA to advance the international meat goat industry.