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The KGBA nominating committee is currently accepting nominees for our annual election. Any person holding a membership as of March 1st is eligible to be a candidate or recommend another for a position.Board members attend monthly board meetings via video or conference call, take part in various committees and work to promote the Kinder goat in accordance to our bylaws. Specific descriptions of each position can be found at https://kindergoatbreeders.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Bylaws.pdf Directors serve without compensation. The elected term is 1-3 years, with directors spending an average of 5-10 hours a month managing the affairs of the association.If you would like to volunteer or nominate someone else for a position, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to September 1st. Please include a brief introduction of yourself and why you would like to be on the board – it will be included with ballots). We look forward to hearing from you!
June 18, 1936 – Oct 19, 2019
October 2020 marks one year since the Kinder Goat Breeders Association lost one of our most influential and beloved members. Sue Huston of Bramble Patch Kinders began her journey with Kinder goats shortly after the breed was developed and quickly became a driving force in the breed’s growth and success. From the day she fell in love with Kinders to today, she touched the lives of many breeders and will be greatly missed.
Sue married the love of her life, Tommy Huston, in October of 1954. She was just 18 years old and had known him for less than a year, but they both knew it was meant to be. Sue and Tommy were right together. They raised a family of two sons (Mark and Mikel), a daughter (Tammy), and too many animals to count. They were still very much in love when Tommy passed 63 years later. In the last few years, Sue spoke fondly of seeing him again in heaven. Of all that Sue accomplished, she was most proud of her family and her goats. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and loved telling stories about them to whoever would listen. She loved talking goats!
Sue wanted goats since she was a child, but with the demands of work and family, she wasn’t able to make that dream come true until 1992. By then, her children were grown, and she had more time on her hands, so she started thinking about getting the goats she wanted so badly. That year, the Hustons went to a goat show where they saw an article in Small Farm Today about Kinder goats. They decided then and there that Kinders were the breed for them. Their journey began with a great deal of trial and error, but the Hustons eventually settled on a few strong Nubian lines and a single Pygmy buck to form the foundation of their herd. Bramble Patch Kinders was named for their farm business selling blackberries and raspberries to local customers, for which their little dual purpose goats served a third purpose clearing old bushes and creating mulch for the berry bushes. It was a match made in heaven.
One of the accomplishments Sue was most proud of was her contribution to bringing the Kinder goat to the Missouri State Fair. The other breed associations thought little of Kinder goats and argued that the barns were full, but the Hustons fought tirelessly and eventually they were allowed to exhibit. They brought the Kinder goat to a much bigger audience. The first year that the Hustons showed at the county fair, Harvey Considine judged the show. He agreed to help them improve their own herd while working with the Association nationally to create a goat that could hold its own in the goat world.
Through the years, Sue was a constant supporter of the Kinder goat and the Association. She volunteered on the KGBA board for years and was always quick to lend a hand or give advice to new breeders. She was constantly trying to help other Kinder owners in any way that she could – often allowing other breeders to use her bucks free of charge and giving goats to many children that wanted to show at the fair and start their own herds. Luckily, BPK genetics can be found in most of today’s herds, so the outstanding genetics that Sue worked so hard to achieve will continue to influence the Kinder goat for years to come.
Sue’s kindness and generosity have impacted so many – she will be dearly missed and remembered lovingly by all that had the good luck to know her. We love you, Sue!
To plan your does’ visit to a buck for buck service OR to get ready for AI, there are a few things you can do to ensure optimal timing and success. The most important consideration is to ensure that you know when your doe is ready and receptive! You have two options for getting the timing right: observe and mark heat cycles OR synchronize your doe using hormones.
Observe Heat Cycles
If your does’ heats are noticeable, you can watch for signs of heat and mark your calendar to pinpoint a good time for your buck visit. Heat signs seem to be stronger and more noticeable in the fall. Signs of heat in a doe include the following:
- Swelling of the vulva
- Seeking the buck or showing interest in a “buck rag.” (If you do not have a buck, please ask someone who does have a buck for a “buck rag” that has been rubbed on a buck to pick up his scent.)
- Standing for mounting by the buck, a teaser, or even other does
- Urinating frequently
- Flagging tail
- Vocalizing, often loudly (some does do this; others don’t)
- Presenting mucus discharge that appears crystalline at the beginning but may have a cheesy appearance near ovulation time
Synchronize Your Doe
If you have difficulty identifying your doe’s heat cycle (some does are subtle about their heats; others are foghorns), or if you wish to synchronize your doe’s heat cycle to an alternate date for your preferred buck visit or kidding schedule, hormone therapy for estrus (heat) synchronization can be a valuable tool, allowing you to time your does to be bred and to kid closely together.
You’ll need a few items to follow the recommended protocol, and while the initial investment may be considered steep, it works out to be under $20 per doe to synchronize. (Prices quoted were found on valleyvet.com at the time this article was written in 2017):
The hormone progesterone is required to bring a doe into heat. While no current sources of this hormone are currently approved by the FDA for goats, CIDRs are approved for use in sheep and are being used for goats. The use of CIDRs in goats has been demonstrated to efficiently induce and synchronize estrus and ovulation during the breeding as well as the non-breeding seasons.
According to the website published by its maker, Zoetis, “The Eazi-Breed CIDR Sheep Insert is a convenient and effective method for inducing estrus in production animals and contains the natural hormone progesterone. Intra-vaginally placed CIDR’s release progesterone at a controlled rate into the blood stream.”
When this article was being written, Eazi-Breed CIDR Sheep Inserts were listed $124.49 (20 count – $6.22 per doe). An Eazi-Breed CIDR Sheep Applicator on valleyvet.com is a $9.99 one-time purchase.
Lutalyse for Cattle, Swine, and Mares is $19.99 (30 ml) and is a prescription that your vet must write before your order can be filled (15 doses – $1.33 per doe).
P.G.600 Swine Vaccine is $43.95 (5 doses – $8.79 per doe).
This minimum purchase total with shipping was $220.92.These products will enable you to synchronize a minimum 5 does at a rate of $16.34 per doe (not including the applicator or shipping).Additional supplies can be purchased as needed. Please keep in mind that the use of CIDRs, PG600, and Lutalyse in goats is extra-label drug use, and you should consult your veterinarian if you have concerns.
While there are a number of protocols that are referenced, the current protocol recommended by BioGenics is as follows:
Day 1: Insert CIDR.
Day 14: Inject IM 2ccs of Lutalyse
Day 15: Pull CIDRs and immediately inject IM 1-1/2 cc’s PG 600 (ensure to mix powder with sterile liquid per instructions first).Freeze any leftover solution for future use.
Day 16: Waiting day – do nothing. They should go into a raging heat.
Day 17: At the same time of day the CIDRs were pulled/meds given, check to see whether the does are in heat. If so, proceed with AI or take to buck.
Day 18: Reserve this day in case it is needed to continue checking for heat – AI should be done by end of day depending on the time you gave Lutalyse, pulled CIDR’s, and gave PG 600.
The Lutalyse injection and the PG 600 injection must be given at the same time both days to secure a better chance of a successful AI.
If artificial insemination is used instead of a buck, insemination should be performed approximately 48 hours after CIDR removal or within 12 hrs after onset of estrus.
The CIDRs should not be re-used for health reasons.
Leftover PG 600 can be frozen, but it can be unfrozen only once. If it is refrozen a second time, it will not work.
Timing your does’ heats can be extremely helpful if you are trying to prepare for efficient breeding without a buck conveniently on site. For more about artificial insemination, including instructions, tips, and available Kinder buck semen, see https://biogenicsllc.com/kinder-sire-directory-domestic/
For additional reading on other methods of inducing estrus during the non-breeding season, please visit the link below: https://goats.extension.org/season-impacts-reproduction-out-of-season-breeding/
Also, please visit the link below for a better understanding of hormonal control of reproduction in goats: https://goats.extension.org/reproductive-biology-goat-reproductive-physiology/
By Kirsten Simons
References (peer-reviewed abstracts):
- E.C.Bowdridge, W.B.Knox, C.S.Whisnant, and C.E.Farin.2011.NC Synch: A protocol for ovulation synchronization and timed artificial insemination in goats.J.Anim.Sci.89 E-Suppl.1:658.
- http://www2.luresext.edu/goats/training../ reproduction.html#seas
- Whitley, N.C., C.E.Farin, W.B.Knox, L.Townsend, J.R.Horton, K.Moulton and S.Nusz.2011.Comparison of two ovulation synchronization methods for timed artificial insemination in goats.J.Anim.Sci.89 E-Suppl.1:658.
- Reference: Whitley, N.C.and D.J.Jackson.2004.An update on estrus synchronization in goats: a minor species.J.Anim.Sci.82: E270-276E (Proceedings); http://www.luresext.edu/goats/training/ reproduction.html
The KGBA is looking for a few volunteers for upcoming projects. If you are interested, please email us at email@example.com with your availability. If you have certain strengths and would like to be considered for specific tasks, please let us know!
Here are the results of the NEO Kinder Show of 2021. Thank you so much to everyone that came out, participated, watched, or helped make this show a success. See you next year!
Jr. Grand Champion Doe: Kinder Korner Clover – Owned by Lisa LaRose & Kelsee Gibbs
Jr. Reserve Champion Doe: T&R Ranch Blue Star Holly – Owned by Treba Stevens
Grand Champion Doe: Brookside Acres Faith – Owned by Jennifer Sisco
Reserve Champion Doe: Brookside Acres Shade – Owned by Jennifer Sisco
Jr. Grand Champion Buck: Rustic Acres Kaiden – Owned by Duane & Kimberly Moff
Jr. Reserve Champion Buck: Rustic Acres Stormtrooper – Owned by Weingart Family
Grand Champion Buck: Black Mountain Kinders Lone Ranger – Owned by Duane & Kimberly Moff
Reserve Champion Buck: Kinder Korner Sawyer – Owned by Lisa LaRose & Kelsee Gibbs
Grand Champion Chevon : CJM Farm Groot – Owned by Weingart Family
Reserve Champion Chevon: Kinder Korner Remington – Owned by Lisa LaRose & Kelsee Gibbs
Jr. Grand Champion Doe: Black Shire Anethema – Owned by Jennifer Sisco
Jr. Reserve Champion Doe: Dyer Family Farms June – Owned by Treba Stevens
Grand Champion Doe: Kinder Korner Amaryllis – Owned by Lisa LaRose & Kelsee Gibbs
Reserve Champion Doe: Brookside Acres Faith – Owned by Jennifer Sisco
Jr. Grand Champion Buck: T&R Ranch Diesel – Owned by Treba Stevens
Jr. Reserve Champion Buck: Kinder Korner Buzz Lightyear – Owned by Lisa LaRose & Kelsee Gibbs
Grand Champion Buck: Black Mountain Kinders Lone Ranger – Owned by Duane & Kimberly Moff
Reserve Champion Buck: Derek’s Kinders SH Handy – Owned by Jennifer Sisco
Grand Champion Chevon: Kinder Korner Remington – Owned by Lisa LaRose & Kelsee Gibbs
Reserve Champion Chevon : Rustic Acres Whitey – Owned by Duane & Kimberly Moff
We’ve all heard it a million times – your buck is the most important animal in your herd. The buck contributes 50% of the genes of every kid he sires and determines the overall pregnancy rate of the herd. Good breeding stock is fundamental to a quality goat breeding operation. By choosing the right buck, you can improve conformation and increase milk production, growth rates, and meat qualities in the kid crop. Improving these qualities will not only make the kids more valuable, but will equate to a healthier herd that saves you money on feed, vet bills, and replacement costs.
It is also important to choose the bucks you believe will improve the breed in general! In recent years, we’ve seen an enormous upsurge in the Kinder breeder’s desire to produce quality animals that excel on the homestead, in the milk room, and in the show ring. Many Kinders now have improved milk production and conformation over some of the original animals admitted into the registry. Yet, there are still large discrepancies in the quality between various lines and herds and their offspring – so where do you begin?
Choosing a breeding buck can be very challenging. Every spring brings a surplus of bucklings, many of which will be sold as potential herdsires. They are all darling little boys, but how do you decide which ones will help you meet your breeding goals?
First, make specific herd and breeding program goals. Write them down! When I sell a goat, I ask the buyer what they want in their herd and, more often than not, they don’t really know. They might know they want a hearty, medium-sized, dual-purpose goat but haven’t given more thought to what else is most important on their farm or homestead. Considering YOUR priorities prior to purchasing a herdsire is critical when it comes to your overall success as a breeder.
To determine what you want, ask yourself some questions –
Do you want your does to raise their own kids without requiring additional bottle feeding? If so, you may not want a buck from lines that produce quads and quints.
Do you live in an area where parasites are a serious issue? Goats and herds that are resistant and resilient to parasites should be high priority, as should be breeders who keep deworming records.
Do you expect your goats to travel and climb over large, rough areas to browse? Then potential breeding stock cannot afford to have poor quality feet and legs.
Will you be hand-milking? Teat and orifice size might be very important to you.
It is easy to want it all, but be realistic and choose two or three things that are most the most important starting points, to you. Once you decide what your primary goals are, take a long, hard look at your does. What do you love about them? What would you like to change? You want your buck and his parents to excel in the areas that you want to improve. Once again, try to pick just two or three important things you want to improve on now; you can always work on other things later.
Now that you have decided which qualities are most important in your new buck, you can begin your search. Begin by finding breeders whose priorities and management style closely resemble your own. A breeder that is successfully managing their herd in the way you do or plan to should have offspring that will thrive in a comparable environment and should easily transition into their new home with you.
Ask lots of questions. Good breeders will keep good records on milk quantities, growth rates, ease of kidding in various lines, results for disease testing, show records, deworming records etc. and will be happy to share them with you. Never hesitate to ask for documentation to back up a breeder’s claims.
After finding a breeder or two that you would like to work with, it is time to pick your buck! Here’s where things get difficult – ignore their colors! It is always fun to get a goat that is super-flashy or your favorite color, but try not to let those things “color” your decision – haha! Assess the bucks by conformation first, paying special attention to avoid weaknesses already in your herd or doe. If the buck has been evaluated, make sure that an area where your herd is weak is one of the buck’s strong points. For example, if it is a priority to improve legs, look for a buck with an Excellent or Very Good in the General Appearance category and high scores in the legs and feet sections.
By now, you should have your choices narrowed down to just a few boys. At this point, research the relatives of potential herdsires. Relatives should be goats that you would love to have in your own herd. Never buy a buck from poor quality parents in hopes that he will be an improvement over them! Your potential buck’s relatives should be well-balanced with good conformation and adhere closely to the breed standard. Do they have the qualities that you listed as top priorities? Are they strong in areas where your herd is weak?
Additionally, remember that the most expensive buck is not always the best buck, and the most well-known herds may not be the best fit for you. Know the direction you are going with your herd and wait for the right buck. As with your entire breeding program, planning, time, and patience pay off in the end when choosing a herdsire.
By Sue Beck
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