What Happens When You Breed the Best to the Best?
Iron Horse 2005 - 2014
GHK sold the highest selling purebred buck and highest selling purebred doe at the first AKGA Showcase in Stillwater Oklahoma in 2007. At the 2008 Showcase Sale we had the highest selling NZ yearling and the 2nd highest selling NZ yearling. At the 2009 Showcase Sale we had the 2nd highest selling goat in the sale (behind only a family that sold as a unit), the highest selling yearling, and the highest selling purebred. At the 2008 Oklahoma Forage Buck test GHK had the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th place bucklings. At the 2009 test GHK had the Grand Champion Buckling, the Champion Rate of Gain Buckling, the Reserve Champion Parasite Resistant Buckling, and Linda was named the Grand Champion Breeder based on the performance of 3 Iron Horse sons. In recent years we been represented by many goats that were the high selling individuals at sales including the Cream of the Crop Sale and the Oklahoma HIlls Sale. Much of our success was due to the genetics of the great Iron Horse. Two of the sons of his last natural crop tied for highest selling buck title at the 2014 Cream of the Crop Sale. We lost Iron Horse in August of 2014 but his genetics live on in our herd females and in the semen tank. He died within hours of the death of his long time companion and stable mate, the great doe Tasman Toia. They are buried together under a hilltop shade tree on the farm that they paid for. Their last kid, produced in the twilight of their years is our junior herd sire, Broadway Joe. Look for the traits of his famous parents in his offspring coming in the spring of 2015
As a food animal veterinarian I have been very aware of the meat goat problems of parasitism, feet problems, and poor mothering traits. The Kiko breed is ideal for eliminating or reducing these problems. They are also strong foragers. Less problems and better use of forages means more profits! In recent years university studies have confirmed what Kiko Breeders already knew.
Bigger does do not necessarily mean bigger kids. Research has shown that when raised on mother's milk and vegetation, Kiko and Kiko cross kids reach market weight faster than any other breeds tested.
Although growth rate is important, reproductive efficiency is more important. Kiko does have more kids and they get them up, get them fed and get them moving, even on the coldest nights, with minimal help from you! When looking at reproductive performance only the number of kids weaned counts. It doesn't matter how good your kids grow, or how well they sell if you don't have enough of them to jump on the trailer when it is time to go!
We honed our Kiko genetics in our commercial herd and want to make the same genetics available to you. We offer purebred Kiko bucks at affordable prices to commercial meat goat breeders with selection based on low maintenance high performance needed for profitability. We also offer purebred and 100% New Zealand males and females to other seed-stock breeders using the finest genetics nationwide.
We never deworm all of our goats, but use the FAMACHA method and fecal egg counts to recognize goats with trouble. Any doe that need to be dewormed more than once per year, usually during lactation, is culled. This has resulted after several years, in a herd that many of which have never needed deworming. We firmly believe that bucks should never need to be dewormed if he is to serve as a herd-sire. Any buck that needs deworming is culled.
All of our does are expected to kid in the pasture in January and February, with no help, and get their kids up and going. If they can't, they're gone!
Who We Are?
Dr. Dave Sparks has been a food animal veterinarian for almost 40 years. He also served as the Director of the Department of Agriculture for the Navajo Tribe for 7 years. A member of the Oklahoma Veterinary Medicine Association, the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners, the American Extension Veterinarian Association, he recently retired from OSU where he served 8 years as the Extension Veteinarian for Eastern Oklahoma. He has conducted or participated in many educational meat goat conference all across the nation.
Linda Sparks grew up in a dairy family and has raised livestock all her life, with 10 years experience in meat goat production. Due to her desire to help others and share her knowledge and experience, she has become the "go to" resource on kidding and goat management to 100s of breeders across the country. She currently serves as a director and treasurer of the National Kiko Registry.
For us this is not a hobby, it is what we do!