California-based Kiko Breeder Relocates To Arkansas
What's it like to move 60 goats, 3 dogs, a cat, and a llama (not to mention all your worldly possessions across the country? You're probably thinking, "What are you, NUTS?!"
But that's exactly what we did — In August, 2006, Goat Brushers Kikos sold their brushing business to a couple from Grass Valley, California, and in September moved "bag, baggage, and breeding stock Kikos" as well as a few other critters a total of 2200 miles to a new ranch in Arkansas. It was a rough trip, through both heat and rain, but everyone arrived safe and healthy!
We are now called Ravenden Ridge Ranch, named after this tree-covered ridge overlooking the town of Ravenden, Arkansas. Our Fall-season move precluded getting a new barn and all our permanent cross-fencing completed by winter, but we did manage to finish temporary electric cross-fencing, permanent perimeter fencing, and minor repairs to the lean-to barn for those inevitable hail storms! We added a pair of LGD's for protection, another new experience for us!
Here, our goats have a variety of oaks, cedars, and grasses upon which to browse — and they seem thrilled. We will be able to rotate "pastures" and raise our Kikos as they were meant to be raised — with minimal inputs! We are continuing and expanding upon our EPD program, to give our buyers
Our first kid crop will arrive in March 2007 and will include IKGA-registerable kids from New Zealand Fullblood to percentages. Our website should be completely updated soon. Watch for an announcement of kid availability complete with EPD results, in early summer. We will also bring AT LEAST three of our best kids to Kikofest 2007 in September.
(Published in "The Goat Magazine" Kiko Report Dec 2006/Jan 2007)