About Kinder Goats
Sadly, we are selling out of our Kinder goats. This decision is due to no fault of the goats, we just don't have the facilities to do a good job of raising both Nigerian Dwarfs and Kinders. We currently have 3 doe kids for sale. They are from some of Pat Showalters best lines bred for production of large quantities of high butterfat milk, long lactations, and multiple (quads & quints) kids in each freshening. There pictures and more info on our sales page. We will also consider trades for organic/non-gmo alfalfa hay.
The Kinder goat breed started in Washington in 1986. When Zederkamm farm's Nubian buck passed away they decided to freshen their does on a pygmy buck they had on hand. They were interested in milk, but what they got were 3 does that quickly became favorites in the Snowhomish, WA area. What was at first a sad circumstance became the happy discovery of a new breed of goats with many desirable attributes.
Kinders are bred to produce large quantities of milk for their size as well as flavorful meat. They are the only true dual purpose goat breed and as such are the perfect choice for homesteaders and small family farms. They are known for their high quality milk rich in butter fat, ease of kidding, and having multiple kids. Many Kinders are also great candidates for "milking through". The Kinder goat averages 100-125lbs which is a very manageable size for most handlers. They have wonderful, friendly temperaments and you've got to love those ears!
According to the KGBA:
"The Kinder® is a midsize goat that is well proportioned in body length and legs. Its compact
physique conforms to dairy characteristics despite its somewhat heavy bone and lean, yet
well muscled structure. The Kinder goat is a prolific, productive, alert, animated,
good-natured and gregarious breed."
You can find out more about the Kinder Breed Standard by clicking the button below.
Perhaps the most important characteristic of the Kinder breed is its ability to efficiently turn feed into milk and meat. There is currently no other breed raised specifically for both of these purposes. The Kinder Goat Breeders Association describes them as follows:
"Kinders make a large amount of milk for their size, and their milk tends to be sweeter and
higher in butter fat than most other breeds. This makes it ideal for cheese-making and
soaping as well as drinking. Reaching 70% of their full weight before they reach a year,
with a dress out percentage of around 60%, they are also a wonderful option for those
interested in raising goats for meat. They are very efficient in their feed conversion rate,
and their milk and meat have both been rated as best tasting in competitions. Hardy and
thrifty, these goats truly are the perfect breed!"
Like the Nigerian Dwarf goat, the Kinders come in all colors and patterns. Agouti is even found in Kinders because of their Pygmy ancestry. Although it is really fun to see what color a new kid will be, breeding toward the Kinder standard is the goal. The fun colors and patterns are just icing on the cake! My personal favorite? Polka dots!