Warm sun, green pine trees, and sparkling blue water make
Lake Fork Kikos the perfect place for our herd
of exceptional goats.
About Us — Our Mission Statement
Welcome to Lake Fork Kikos, LLC. More Kids, More Meat, and Less Parasites© is our motto. We are passionate about challenging the status quo in the goat industry, and are dedicated to performance testing our Kiko goats for maternal qualities (More Kids), growth on forage (More Meat), and parasite resistance (Less Parasites).
Our consignments to the Heritage Showcase Spotlight Sale in Carrollton, Georgia, on August 6th
LFK L114 Buckshot's Fancy - Sired by Buckshot who had the heaviest WW of his group. Out of a daughter by Heslington Sesame. WW of seventy-one lbs.
LFK L118 Buckshot's Candy - Sired by Buckshot out of a full sister to the Top Herdsman Award winner in 2014 and 2015. WW of fifty-one lbs.
LFK L132 Buckshot's Sinnamon - Sired by Buckshot out of a daughter by Outlaw. WW of forty-six lbs.
LFK L133 Buckshot's Saphire - Sired by Buckshot out of a full sister to the Top Herdsman Award winner in 2014 and 2015. WW of forty-four lbs.
LFK L134 Buckshot's Nellie - Sired by Buckshot out of a full sister to the Top Herdsman Award winner in 2014 and 2015. WW of thirty-nine lbs. Litter mate to L133.
LFK K020 Blue Demon - An outstanding herd sire by Blue's Son out of a
littermate to the 2015 Top Herdsman Award winners at the Oklahoma Buck Performance Test. WW of seventy-one
Lake Fork Kikos, LLC, is owned by Suzanne and Kraig Stemme, DVM, and operates in Wood County, Texas, on the 27,000 acre Lake Fork. The property consists of 29 acres divided into 14 paddocks of approximately two acres each. Rotational grazing is practiced over the entire 14 paddock property. We raise 100% New Zealand Kiko goats.
A diverse mixture of forages are planted two times a year to provide year-round forage whenever possible. However, we do not creep feed the kids while they are nursing on the does. We provide a custom mixed loose mineral free choice at all times. Alfalfa hay is offered during the winter, when forage is not available. Whole cotton seed is offered to the doe herd during times when forage is insufficient in order to maintain a body conditioning score of approximately 2.5 (out of 5). Water is provided in each paddock either by access to the lake or well water provided in troughs.
Does are expected to kid in the pasture without assistance. We provide Quonset huts for shelter during inclement weather. Does are checked between 7 and 7:30 a.m. each day during kidding season, and during the remainder of the day until 9 p.m. Our expectation is that the newborn kids are vigorous and quickly suckle their mothers for colostrum.
We vaccinate for CDT and CL using a strategic program to booster vaccinate approximately one month to six weeks prior to kidding to increase colostrum immunoglobulins. Kids are vaccinated twice, one month apart, at weaning time. We blood test every animal purchased for Johnes disease and CAE and quarantine new arrivals for up to one month prior to including them into the herd. We blood test the entire doe herd and herd sires once a year and have 11 years of test-negative results for both chronic wasting diseases.
We wean kids at 75-90 days by placing them in a paddock next to their mothers to decrease after-weaning stress. Kids are provided a 14% calf-creep for supplementation during the weaning process.
Every time an animal is handled at Lake Fork Kikos, the five-point exam is performed. We check the FAMACHA score, body condition score, bottle jaw, hair coat condition, and dag score. For our herd, we use three selection criteria: maternal ability, growth, and parasite resistance. We believe each is as important as the other, and all decisions relating to breeding stock are contingent upon improving each of these traits.
All production records begin on the farm—we also use the OSU kid-performance computer record software to monitor kid weaning weights. In addition we weigh the doe at the time of weaning in order to compare her litter weight to her weight. We want to maintain an efficient doe that weans 100% of her body weight. We performance test bucklings for post-weaning growth and parasite resistance by participating in the Oklahoma Forage-Based Buck Performance Test at Eastern Oklahoma College in Wilburton, Oklahoma. Our commitment to fast growth and parasite resistance has been affirmed by our multiple Top Herdsman Award winnings.