The first three Kinder® does were born in Washington in 1986. After the death of their
Nubian buck, Zederkamm farm bred their does to the Pygmy buck they had on hand simply
to get them back in milk. They were pleasantly surprised by the growth rate, great
temperment an darling appearance of the resulting kids. As they matured, the new does
proved even more desireable due to their high quality milk, ease of kidding and multiple
kids in each freshening.
Briar Rose, Liberty and Tia were born in the
summer of 1986. These first does quickly Briar
Rose, Liberty and Tia were born in the
hobbiests in Snohomish, WA. Liberty led the
way as the first Kinder doe entered into official
milk test (DHIA). She earned her star by
fulfilling the same requirements as those set
by ADGA for standard dairy goats. Other local
goat enthusiasts soon became involved in the
Kinder project. In 1988, Teresa Hill, Daralyn
Hollenbeck and Kathy Gilmore came together
to form the Kinder Goat Breeders Association
for the advancement of the breed. The first
Kinders were registered in 1989 and a new
breed was born!
The association, run by volunteers, established the standards to which breeders today
should strive and it continues to advance the breed. This could not have been done
without the help and encouragement of many individuals, including other goat breeders
and judges. Special note should be given to the Considines of Herd Evaluation Service
(HES- Portage, WI). The KGBA has refined the Kinder Goat Breed Standard with their
expert help. In addition, HES designed a scorecard specifically for the dual purpose (milk
and meat) Kinder. The Association later registered a trademark for the Kinder® name to
protect the breed standard, ensure a single breed registry and pursue the continuous
improvement of the breed.
Kinders are now distributed throughout the United States, with herds spread from one
coast to the other. They can even be found in Alaska, Canada and Brazil! There are now
well over 3000 Kinders in the herd book. Not only has the breed become very popular
among homesteaders and family farms but these little goats have gone on to become star
milkers, Grand Champions at breed shows, and won the hearts of many goat enthusiasts.
Kinders were introduced nationally through a front page article in United Caprine News,
January 1989. This small nucleus of a few goats and a handful of breeders in the
Snohomish, Washington area was soon followed by the entrance of Bramble Patch Kinders
of Miami, MO into the project. They were inspired by the UCN article to start building their
own herd of fine Kinders, and in turn encouraged others in MO to join in.
trademark of the