The American Kiko Goat Association® (AKGA), a non-profit association, is the official registry of Kiko breeders and owners in North America, and the only Kiko organization able to trace ancestry to the original New Zealand goats imported into the United States.
AKGA serves to promote the Kiko goat, assist members in breeding, raising and registering Kiko goats. Our goal is to educate the public about the Kiko meat goat breed's advantages of low maintenance and high performance.
Much research has been done to substantiate the many benefits realized by Kiko breeders and meat goat producers with Kiko influence in their herds. Kiko goats are recognized for their superior maternal instincts, greater parasite resistance, rapid growth rate of kids and improved carcass yield. Other benefits include aggressive breeding habits, fewer foot problems, fewer health issues and aggressive foraging abilities.
The AKGA supports and encourages the work of universities across the nation that provide meat goat testing sites and those that are working to genetically identify those animals that posses the genetic makeup rendering them predisposed to parasite resistance and higher quality milk production for faster growing kids.
The AKGA holds an Annual Convention, Sale and Seminar every year. In conjunction with the AKGA Convention, the AKGA also holds its Annual Membership Meeting. Newly elected and incumbent Directors are presented for the coming year, as well as conducting other Association business. We hold these conventions at different sites throughout the country to give more members the opportunity to attend.
This website is an educational resource for those interested in Kiko goats. It is compiled from available published material and independent study and research by Universities across the nation. It aims to draw together in one place comprehensive written material relating to the Kiko goat and the outcomes of crossbreeding programs. In addition, we have included material that relates to the performance of the Kiko goat, in particular, and systems and practices for the production of meat goats, in general.
The material contained herein is copyright but may be downloaded for the purposes of private and educational use. It may not be reproduced for commercial purposes without permission of the copyright holder.