We were contacted a couple of weeks ago by an Ohio couple that we had sold a starter herd of goats to a couple of years ago because they had decided to leave the goat business. They were asking our advice on dispersing their herd. I knew exactly which goats we had sold them and if possible I wanted to bring them back home. They had purchased 4 Gandalf doelings and a HEMI x Georgia buckling. This starter herd had produced well for them and they also had kids on them that were just about ready for weaning from this year’s crop. In addition, they had a PB Kiko doe with unrelated genetics from another Ohio Kiko Farm and some percentage goats.
We were most interested in the Gandalf daughters because we had lost him due to Minengial Worm (Deer Worm) after he lost his second battle with it in 4 years. QFK Gandalf was our first Kiko buck and he was a very good one. He was the son of 007 by Tasman Zorro. He was very docile and parasite resistant. He passed this along to his kids as well, many of our early entries in the MD Goat Forage Test were Gandalf sons and we had several in the top rankings for parasite resistance and parasite resilience. Gandalf also sired the high selling PB Kiko Does at the 2006 & 2009 IKGA Kiko Fest auctions. All of the Gandalf kids we ever raised were sold. Like many producers, we ran one buck with our does and sold the doelings every year to prevent inbreeding. After Gandalf had passed, we had regretted selling all of his doelings. We now had a chance to bring back 3 proven does out of Gandalf that we had sold as doelings.
The buckling we had sold them MRG Diesel, has grown into a spectacular herd sire and looks very nice at 2 years of age. Diesel is a 100% Fullblood New Zealand Kiko buck by HEMI (Terminator XX son) and Georgia (Waysu Goliath’s Keeper daughter).