The Kiko goat breed was brought to the US by the Goatex Group LLC in 1992 from New Zealand. As of today, there are three existing registries in the US for the Kiko goat breed – the NKR (the largest of the three), the IKGA and the AKGA. Kiko Boer members can be registered as Genemaster™ in the NKR registry.
The popularity of the Kiko goat breed is increasing and it is considered to be a preferred goat breed among farmers, breeders and agriculture business owners especially in warm or wet southern states in the US. One of the most preferred Kiko goat characteristics is its ability to thrive and be productive in practically any climate without the need for a regular vet schedule or frequent medical care.
Research and study about Kiko goat characteristics have established information that these animals can still produce enough meat and dairy and can fight drug-resistant parasites that have affected a lot of southern herds. The natural parasite resistance of the Kiko goat is one of the reasons for its continuous breeding. Since the Kiko goat breed also has DNA from dairy goat breeds, these animals are producing dual-purpose kids that can provide meat and dairy to a farmer or buyer. A Kiko goat breeder also has minimal issues when it comes to providing what to feed the Kiko goat.