Lake Fork Kikos

Lake Fork Kikos provides high quality, forage performance tested Kiko breeding stock at affordable prices for the purebred and commercial goat producer.

We are offering LFK H821 GAMBLER by private treaty at the CUSKGA Spring Fling on April 26th and April 27th, 2019. He is sired by SKY W024 WAPANUKA (by Blues Son) out of GHK A 59 ( by Iron Horse). His average Fecal Egg Count (FEC) was 33 at the 2018 Oklahoma Buck Performance test. His Average Daily Gain (ADG) was .16. His current weight is 146 lbs. FAMACHA #1, and BCS is 1.5.

[07/31/18]   We have three 1 1/2 year old teaser bucks ready to increase your kidding success in 2019. I've been calling them Larry, Curly, and Moe. Pleae let me know if your'e interested in any of them. We can deliver to the Heritage Showcase Sale in Carrollton, GA.

[05/08/18]   More Kids, More Meat, Less Parasites is our motto. We are passionate about challenging the status quo in the goat industry, and are dedicated to health testing and performance testing our Kiko goats for maternal qualities (More Kids), growth on forage (More Meat), and parasite resistance (Less Parasites).
Our motto was devised one afternoon while we were in the truck driving, when we began talking about how to explain our philosophy on raising high-quality, healthy, productive goats. While it isn’t rocket science, there is thoughtful consideration involved based on both extensive research and experience. Here’s an explanation of what our motto encompasses….
More Kids
Excellent maternal qualities are critical for profitable goat production. The economics of raising meat goats requires that the does consistently produce multiple kid litters (More Kids). If the does have only single kids, profitable goat production is unlikely -- the goal is to raise at least two kids; sometimes this average happens if you have a few singles with a few sets of triplets or the occasional set of quads. But just getting kids “on the ground” isn’t enough if the does are not good mothers. The new kids need to come into this world without needing assistance, on pasture, with lots of colostrum from their mother. They need to be licked dry, nursed, and bedded where they can be supervised by their mom. We feel that does that raise a litter that equals the mother’s weight at 90 days is a lofty, yet, reasonable goal.
Disease prevention is critical with any newborns, and to ensure that the new kids are protected by their mother’s antibodies, we booster-vaccinate for CDT & CL about a month before kidding is to begin, then when the kids are weaned at 90 days. We also swab all navels with 7% iodine as a protection against infection.
More Meat
The faster the litter of kids reach marketable weight, the more likely the goat producer will be able to stay in business. So, pounds of goats (More Meat) stepping on the scale is an important criteria for selection of genetically superior Kiko goats. We on-farm performance test our goats using the Oklahoma State University performance software (downloadable free from their website). Keeping accurate records helps us benchmark our progress and clarifies what our breeding program is actually accomplishing. If we’re pleased with our numbers, great!, but if not, we now have the necessary information to change and move forward.
The old saying, “Timing is everything” is applicable here, too. We breed our does to kid beginning in late January and ending in mid-March. In east Texas, that means we are weaning the kids so that they can take advantage of our lush spring pastures that are at their peak in May and June. Seeing the big picture in kid production is critical—nothing is left to chance.
Less Parasites
The genetic basis of parasite resistance is heritable, so we utilize Fecal Egg Counts and FAMACHA to evaluate the performance of our Kikos. We work hard to manage parasites in our goats, starting with using rotational grazing so that our animals are not eating below 4 inches of forage in our pastures. Everyone handling our goats is certified in FAMACHA training—if you handle a goat for any reason, the “5 Point Check” is used to note their condition. This means that whenever we vaccinate goats, weigh goats, wean goats, etc. we also record their body condition scores and their eyelid number (FAMACHA score). By keeping this type of record, we know which animals are genetically more resistant to parasites and are able to plan our next breeding season to maximize these traits.
The most recent research now emphasizes that goats should ONLY be dewormed when medically necessary, preferably using two or three of the three classes of dewormers currently on the market. Having to continually (or even occasionally) deworm an animal leads to them being culled from our herd—no exceptions.

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This is a reminder that 7th National Grazing Lands Conference is coming December 2-5, 2018, and our early registration rate ends tomorrow, March 31st, 2018. Registration is currently $295.00 per person. Sunday, the rate goes to $395.00. We do have spouse and student rates available. Contact Monti Golla, NatGLC Executive Director, with questions or for details at [email protected] or 979-777-9779 ph.

To register please see the link below. Remember that early registration ends tomorrow, March 31st, 2018! Regular registration is available until October 15th, 2018 at a rate of $395. Late registration will be available until November 19th, 2018, when our online registration site closes. On site registration WILL be available we highly encourage you to register early to save money.

Start Date: Sunday, December 2, 2018
Location: The Peppermill Resort Spa & Casino
Address: 2707 South Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada 89502, USA
Dress: Casual

To register, please click here:

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Thank you and looking forward to seeing you all at the Peppermill in Reno, NV, this December!
This is a reminder that 7th National Grazing Lands Conference is coming December 2-5, 2018, and our early registration rate ends tomorrow, March 31st, 2018. Registration is currently $295.00 per person. Sunday, the rate goes to $395.00. We do have spouse and student rates available. Contact Monti Golla, NatGLC Executive Director, with questions or for details at [email protected] or 979-777-9779 ph.

To register please see the link below. Remember that early registration ends tomorrow, March 31st, 2018! Regular registration is available until October 15th, 2018 at a rate of $395. Late registration will be available until November 19th, 2018, when our online registration site closes. On site registration WILL be available we highly encourage you to register early to save money.

Start Date: Sunday, December 2, 2018
Location: The Peppermill Resort Spa & Casino
Address: 2707 South Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada 89502, USA
Dress: Casual

To register, please click here:

http://www.cvent.com/d/uwP5QQ229EeTogDgTCoQbg/9ml6/P1/4W?

Thank you and looking forward to seeing you all at the Peppermill in Reno, NV, this December!

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7th National Grazing Lands Conference

This will be an awesome conference for anyone interested in forage-raised goats. The conference that wss three years ago in Dallas, TX was phenomenal. I have the privilege to serve as a Regional Director at Large for the NatGLC.

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[12/23/17]   We want to wish everyone a very, very Merry Christmas and a joyful New Year. We just spent a few days in problem prevention mode by checking the entire doe herd from weanlings to older does for anemia due to Barberpole worm parasites by FAMACHA. HAPPY to report they were mostly 1s with a few 2s. Didn't deworm a single animal!
Also vaccinated for CDT & CL, checked body condition scores and trimmed feet. Overall, a big job but absolutely critical for kidding success in 2018, starting end of January.

[10/24/17]   The October "Timely Topic" on the ACSRPC website by Dr. Joan Burke is an excellent review of "Selection For Parasite Resistance". I encourage everyone to read the entire article but the following are some of the highlights:
Selection for Parasite Resistance

Dr. Joan Burke
USDA-ARS, Booneville, Arkansas
"Fortunately, the ability of an animal to resist parasite infection is moderately heritable, and resistant parents will most likely have resistant offspring."
"......,there appear to be few antagonisms between selection for parasite resistance and growth or maternal traits. This means that we can still meet goals in selecting for growth or maternal traits within the flock or herd while selecting for resistance."

Our featured herdsire, Sundance Kid, was the Grand Champion FEC (Lowest Average FEC of 30 epg) at the 2015 Oklahoma Forage-based Buck Performance Test.

[09/12/17]   FDA Animal Drug Safety Communication: Micotil 300 User Safety Alert
September 11, 2017
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting cattle and sheep owners, farmworkers, veterinarians, physicians, emergency medical technicians, and other health care providers about the potential hazards to people exposed to the animal drug Micotil 300 (tilmicosin). Micotil 300 is a prescription injectable antibiotic used to treat respiratory disease in cattle and sheep.

Since its approval in 1992, there have been more than 2,200 adverse event reports involving people exposed to Micotil 300. These include multiple reports of injury, including death, in people following injection of Micotil 300. Other routes of exposure, including by mouth or skin, have also led to injury. Most of the reported human exposures were accidental and many cases required medical attention. While the circumstances remain unclear in some cases, there have been 25 reports involving human death. Although a majority of the deaths were due to intentional self administration of the drug, some deaths were reported following accidental injection.

People exposed to Micotil 300 should immediately seek medical care. There is no antidote for Micotil 300. This drug has been shown to have toxic effects on the human heart. In some cases of exposure, people required hospitalization and prolonged medical care; some people have died despite receiving medical care. Injections in people of less than 0.5 ml (1/10 teaspoon) have been associated with pain and bleeding at the injection site, while larger volumes have been associated with nausea, dizziness, rapid heart rate, and death.

Elanco Animal Health, a subsidiary of Eli Lilly and Company, distributes Micotil 300 and has made efforts to warn and educate people about the human health risks associated with this product and to provide training to users and veterinarians on safe handling and use of Micotil 300. Elanco is currently working in consultation with the FDA to further address this issue.

Truly enjoyed visiting with Kiko breeders this morning about herd health management, especially testing for chronic wasting diseases and a strategic vaccination program for Caseous Lymphadenitis (CL). Also recommended for the umpteenth time, my favorite meat goat management book from Langston University in Langston, OK called the Meat Goat Production Handbook. You can order the 2nd Edition at:
www.luresext.edu
Go to Library and scroll to the bottom of the page.

[08/31/17]   We have NZ & PB Kiko teaser bucks available. They are a reproduction management tool to increase kid crop and check estrus in cycling or non-cycling does. Call 903-316-6959 for information.

[08/04/17]   We have completed our chronic wasting disease testing for 2017 and are happy to report that the entire doe herd and bucks are test-negative for CAE and Johnes Disease for the 5th year in a row. We have tested all of the does over one year of age that are consigned to the Heritage Showcase, Oklahoma Hills, Cream of the Crop and Hattiesburg sales and all of them are test-negative. So, you can purchase LFK Kikos with confidence that they are from a test-negative herd for both CAE and Johnes Disease. We vaccinate for CDT and CL. Healthy Kikos are an important part of our commitment to the Kiko breed.

We're consigning 6 does to the Heritage Showcase Sale. We've exposed them to our featured herd sire, SPG Sundance Kid. Sundance was the Grand Champion FEC and Reserve Champion Top Herdsman award winner at the 2015 Oklahoma Forage based Buck Performance test in Wilberton, OK. He was also third Highest ADG. He's by GHK Bingo B 79 (Iron Horse X Little Blackie). Pregnancy information will be announced on each doe during the sale.

Happy Independence Day holiday to all of our FB friends. We're busy getting the 2017 kid crop checked and ready for sale. We're especially happy with the bucklings from our Embryo Transfer last fall. Stay tuned for more information.

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At Lake Fork Kikos, we're excited to get 90 day adjusted weaning weights on our spring 2017 kids. Especially interested in the 90 day AWW of the kids from our artificial insemination bucks and the full siblings produced through our first embryo transfer last fall. Stay tuned in a couple weeks at www.lakeforkkikos.com.

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American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control

An important change to the recommendations about dewormer usage was detailed in the January Timely Topics at the website
www.wormx.info. The article was written by Dr. Ray Kaplan of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. The headline is this:
There now is very strong evidence that using combination treatment is the best method for using dewormers and should be instituted on all farms immediately.
I encourage every small ruminant producer to read the entire article to get the details behind this recommendation.

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[12/16/16]   We're downsizing our Kiko herd in order to have more time to enjoy our grandchildren. We're selling the does that made up the heart of our herd. We simply need to decrease the number of does kidding on our farm in 2017. These does are bred to Outlaw for February or March 2017 kids. These does mated to Outlaw have produced exceptional offspring. Check our website for more information.

[05/26/16]   Scrapie is the oldest known transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, and under natural conditions only sheep and goats are known to be affected by scrapie. It is a fatal disease that affects the central nervous system of sheep and goats. It is not completely understood how scrapie is passed from one animal to the next and apparently healthy sheep infected with scrapie can spread the disease. Sheep and goats are typically infected as young lambs or kids, though adult sheep and goats can become infected.
The most effective method of scrapie prevention is to maintain a closed flock. Raising replacement ewes, purchasing genetically resistant rams and ewes, or buying from a certified-free scrapie flock are other options to reduce the risk of scrapie.
At this time the resistant genetic markers in goats have not been identified, therefore it is important to maintain your sheep and goat herds separately. The incubation period for Scrapie is typically two to five years.
Producers should record individual identification numbers and the seller’s premise identification number on purchase and sales records. These records must be maintained for a minimum of five years.

[05/23/16]   OSU Meat Goat Camp will be held October 17-19, 2016 at the Agri-Plex in Ada, OK. Boot Camp is a 3 day workshop that provides a combination of hands-on demonstrations, traditional classroom presentations and exercises to teach producers basic productions practices. Cost of the camp is $150 per person. To register go to meatgoat.okstate.edu and follow the links to the registration form. Class size is limited to the first 50 paid participants.

[04/30/16]   Come join us at the Soil Health Workshop (Making Cents of the Science) in Tyler, TX on Friday, May 6th. It's being held at the Tyler Junior College West Campus, 1530 SSW Loop 323, Tyler, TX beginning with Registration at 8:30 AM until 4 PM.
Of special interest to small ruminant enthusiasts, Dr. Ann Wells, from the Grassroots Grazing Group in Arkansas, will speak about "Controlled Grazing Management" with a special emphasis on small ruminants. For more information, go to the Northeast Texas Grazing Lands Coalition FaceBook page.

[03/25/16]   We are headed to the Grassroots Grazing Group conference in Fayetteville, AR today. Looking forward to a soil health day presentations by Ray Archuleta of the NRCS.

LGD puppies 6 males and 1 female 12 weeks old. Vaccination complete for Distemper/Parvo combination and also Rabies. Dewormed several times and heartworm prevention started. One half AKC Reg. Anatolian Shepherd and one half Akbash. Born in a goat hut and raised with goats $250.

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On Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 at 12:00 PM Central Standard Time, Mr. Brian Freking will present a webinar entitled "On-Farm Meat Goat Performance Evaluation". The webinar will detail the Oklahoma State University Extension computer program that is a simple, straight-forward method to evaluate meat goat kid performance as well as compare sires and dams of the kid crop. The webinar URL is: http://dasnr.adobeconnect.com/r51jsdcqbih/. Click on the link or copy to your browser which will take you to Adobe Connect for the webinar. There is a short tutorial to help anyone unfamiliar with attending a webinar. There will be an allotted time for questions after the webinar.
Brian has a Masters Degree in Animal Science from South Dakota State University and is the OSU Extension South East Livestock Specialist headquartered in Ada, OK.
The webinar has 100 seats available on a first come, first served basis at 1:00 PM Eastern Time, 12:00 PM Central Time, 11:00 AM Mountain Time, and 10:00 AM Pacific time. The webinar will be recorded and will be available after the webinar at: http://agecon.okstate.edu/meatgoat/record.asp

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