We brought goats onto Old Homeplace Farm for a simple reason: our pastures were besieged by multiflora rose and ironweed, and we were losing the battle. Our cattle would not eat these plants at all, and we prefer not to spray our pastures with herbicides (which provide only a temporary fix, anyway).
And that's where goats enter the picture. We discovered that goats love ironweed and multiflora rose. Goats actually browse these plants in preference to grasses and forbs.
It turns out these "weeds" provided a win-win situation. We were able to introduce another animal species to the farm without stressing our forage base, and the goats have received a lifetime of browsing opportunities!
However, when we first became interested in obtaining a goat herd we felt that most breeders with whom we spoke were primarily interested in producing registered breeding stock and/or show stock. While there is certainly nothing wrong with these goals we found it difficult to locate animals that could maintain good health with minimal inputs, thrive on pasture, and consistently produce kid crops that would command a premium in the marketplace.
It took some research and good old-fashioned legwork, but we eventually located "service-grade goats" that met these criteria. Our foundation does are Kiko x Boer crosses, and our herd sire is a purebred Kiko. This combination produces kids that couple the desired Kiko hardiness with the improved meat production characteristics of the Boer.
We feel that other farmers would appreciate the usefulness of our "service-grade" goats, especially if they are interested in adding the benefits of multispecies grazing to their farm. We would like to help fill this obvious gap in livestock availability. If you are in need of a thrifty, minimal maintenance, productive goat for pasture renovation we feel that you would be pleased with our selection of breeding stock.