NZ Buck moves to PA

Thanks Jim & Aileen !

#1127 has moved north into Pennsylvania to be the foundation herd sire for Jim & Aileen Myers of Irwin, Pa. We look for good things to come out of this young buck.

#1127 pictured about at 6 months old is a Black/Brown NZ Kiko Buck born 06-Dec-2011 by HKF Sonny Boy out of a GFI Klondike/Confederate and Hemps Negro Granddaughter. His twin sister is a tri-colored NZ Doe #1128 on our Does page. He is a half brother to ‘MRG Smooth Criminal’ (AKA MRG Outlaw), the highest selling buck at the NKR Elite Buck Sale in May 2012.

We have one Sonny Boy buck left for sale #1124 is a solid Red NZ buck who can bee seen on the for sale page. Don’t wait any longer for this nice young buck or it could be too late.

M.R. Goats Featured in the February 2013 Goat Rancher Magazine

M.R. Goats Featured in the February 2013 Goat Rancher Magazine

www.goatrancher.com Page 32 of the Equipment and Facilities Special Issue

Our farm has been awarded grant money for some of the infrastructure currently in use. When we saw the solicitation for an article regarding grants for farmers from the IKGA Secretary, we decided this was worth sharing. We know that not all of our blog readers are IKGA members or customers who have visited our farm in person so we wanted to make sure you had access to our information in hopes that it may also help you out. 

If you are an IKGA member, you can go to the IKGA Forum to view the entire newsletter. (http://www.theikga.org/forum1/index.php) For those of you who are not members, I have copied the article below for your viewing pleasure.

 M. R. Goats receives $5,000 grant from AWA

 M. R. Goats, owned and operated by Mike & Lorie Renick in Wild & Wonderful West Virginia, received a $5,000 grant from Animal Welfare Approved to provide mobile housing and handling equipment for their Kiko Goat operation. 

 

M.R. Goats is an 80-acre meat goat farm owned and operated by Mike and Lorie Renick inWorthington,West Virginia. The couple raised Kiko goats on pasture, but only had limited fixed structures to use as shelter which reduced the goats’ ability to rotationally graze year round. The Renicks approached AWA about funding mobile housing to allow the goats access to more acreage and forage, thereby improving the animals’ health.

 

They also requested a portable handling system to decrease handling time and reduce stress to the animals while performing maintenance such as microchips, ear tags, hoof trimming, and FAMACHA checks.

 

AWA granted $5,000 to M.R. Goats for Port-A-Hut mobile shelters and a working stand and chute for low-stress handling and transport. The Renicks’ goats now have 24/7 access to mobile housing units and are able to access all pastures for rotational grazing. “They are able to come and go as they please,” says Mike. “They are much healthier and have lower stress.”

The couple also purchased a 4’ x 8’ goat cage for transporting the goats both on and off the farm without over-crowding and injury.

 

Now in its fourth year, the Animal Welfare Approved Good Husbandry Grants program has funded nearly one hundred projects across the country to improve farm animal welfare. Certified farmers and those who have submitted an application for AWA certification may apply for up to $5,000 towards projects such as mobile housing, breeding stock, and on-farm processing equipment. Slaughter plants working with or seeking to work with AWA farmers are also eligible for funding.

The funding priorities for this year’s cycle include improved genetics, increased outdoor access, welfare improvements in the slaughter process and non-lethal predator control. A primary goal of this grant program is to facilitate the growth and success of high-welfare, pasture-based systems. Program Director Andrew Gunther explains: “The biggest challenge in agriculture right now is getting animals outside. The science tells us that when farm animals are responsibly managed on open pasture or range, a whole host of challenges inherent in industrial agriculture simply disappear. For instance, the incidence of pathogenic E. coli is much lower in pasture-based systems, and animals are proven to have higher welfare. This ultimately leads to more nutritious, healthier products.”

Proven Purebred Kiko Buck for sale

First $500 takes him.

Purebred Kiko Buck (Lightnin Grandson)

Pictured above is a photo of King Tritan when he was younger. He is a proven PB Kiko Buck that will add meat to your commercial operation. Don’t delay, if you need a buck call today, this one won’t last long!

King Tritan and two 1.5 year old sons

Pictured above is a photo of King Tritan from yesterday with two of his 1.5 year old sons. King Tritan is on the Left, one of his sons is pictured next to him and the other one is on the far right. The other buck is our 2 yr old HEMI son, Diesel pictured 2nd in from the Right. These bucks are on pasture. Delivery can be arranged for a few on our way to Corydon, IN Oct 4th.

Appalachian Kiko Invitational Sale

Checking out after the auction

We had a great time at the Appalachian Kiko Invitational Sale in Gray, TN on September 22nd. We had a chance to catch up with some old friends and meet a few new ones. My appologies to all of the folks we met that asked for business cards. I left them at home again. Fortunately we had an ad in the Sept. Goat Rancher Magazine that Terry Hankins was generous enough to bring to the event. I was able to pick up the Goat Rancher and flip to the back and show off our ad with contact information.

For those of you who haven’t had a chance to see it, here it is:

September Goat Rancher Ad

We went to the sale to buy a specific group of goats and those are the ones that we came home with. It doesn’t always work out that way but it seems on that day, we were the ones who wanted them the most. This day also happened to be a milestone birthday for Lorie. Lucky for me, she wanted these beautiful NZ Doelings for her present(s).

4 Colorful NZ Kiko Does

This group of 4 colorful NZ Doelings came from our friends Jerry and Patricia Hancock from Hancock Kikos in Ga. We’ve known these folks for years and were excited to add more of their herd’s genetics to ours.

Lorie, Mike, Pat, Jerry from (L) to (R)

While Mason and Lorie took a nap in the truck, Colton found ways to stay entertained while I stood in line to checkout after the sale.

Colton staying busy after the sale.

Thanks again to our customers that we met in route to TN. We are appreciative that you have recognized the quality we have sought out in our herd and decided to use them in your respective breeding programs. We will be traveling SouthWest again next week on on way to the Cream of the Crop sale in Corydon, IN. We still have a few goats left for sale and will also have room for transport in both directions.

Goat Delivery Available Sept. 21st & 22nd WV, VA, TN

 

Goat Delivery

On Friday September 21st, 2012 we will be heading to Gray, TN for the Appalachian Kiko Invitational Sale. We have sold a PB Kiko Buck of our own that we will be delivering on the way down. We also have 2 other tentative deliveries to make on the way down. If you are looking for a good Kiko Buck for this Fall’s breeding and would like to meet us on our route, please give us a call to see what is available. Our website and blog for sale pages are not up to date. We do have a few doelings and bred does also available. We should also have some room on our way home to haul goats if anyone is interested in a goat at the sale but are unable to get them home, feel free to reach out to us for availability.

Multitasking

Goat Transfer

A few weeks ago we arranged to sell a trailer load of goats to a friend of ours who has a barn where he feeds them before transporting them to the New Holland, PA livestock auction at peak times during the year. Ed and Becky Morgan run Quicken Farm near Romney, WV. It’s about a 3 hours drive for us but Ed was kind enough to meet us part way. Ed has a nice setup where he brings his digital livestock scale on his truck and then weighs the goats individually as they pass from our trailer to his larger gooseneck trailer. He also brings his checkbook and pays you on the spot for the goats. I’m sure we got a few funny looks as we sat there along that busy Frostburg, MD road transferring goats from trailer to trailer but I never noticed once as I watched the scales. Ed pays within a few cents of New Holland prices and that is just fine with us. We saved several hours in a truck and a hotel stay. We sold everything from 50% buckling to Purebred Kiko Bucklings that weren’t up to our breeding stock standards and a coupe of mature does that had stubborn hoof issues that we cannot tolerate. Those does and their kids both went on the trailer just to be safe.

When I arranged to meet Ed in MD I immediately started looking around for some hay local to that area. I knew that it was more expensive to bring the trailer back empty than it would be to fill it full of really good second cutting square bales. I was able to locate just enough to fill the trailer and give me something to do when I got home. We actually didn’t get home until very late that night because we also crammed in a visit with some family members just to keep us from sitting still too long that day. The hay got put in the barn the next morning and I’m sure the does will enjoy it this winter as they start kidding in January.