2010 Western Illinois University
Buck Performance Feed Test
No. 1 in Average Daily Gain
Overall ADG .71 lbs.
1.35 lb. ADG at 84-day weighing
Egypt Creek Ranch had the top-gaining buck in the forage test and four bucks in the top 15 out of 48 bucks on test. CCR Xcelerator, ECR Rusty and ECR Black Gold genetics.
By Terry Hankins (written in 2008)
Two years ago I took a couple half-Kiko buck kids to the American Meat Goat Association show and sale in Sonora, Texas. They were out of some extremely nice Boer-Nubian does I had at the time and one of my Kiko bucks.
I was pretty proud of them - long, meaty guys and good-sized for their age. I couldn't wait to get them in front of a meat goat judge and see what he had to say.
Well, it ended up that he didn't say anything. He picked out 10 buck kids that were each white with a red head. My tan and brown and black bucks with the funny horns didn't even get an acknowledgement.
But it wasn't just the judge. At the sale that followed the show, my bucks couldn't even get the minimum $75 bid. They were hustled out of the sale ring, along with my pride.
Since AMGA president Marvin Shurley's ranch was nearby, I asked if he would take them to his place and then put them into the AMGA range test in the fall.
The forage-only test began in December 2006 and ended in May 2007. Through much of the test, one of my half-Kiko bucks, sired by ECR Black Gold, was running neck and neck with one of Marvin's purebred Boer bucks for the top average daily gain. When the test was over, Marvin's buck edged out mine by .025 pound average daily gain - 0.33 ADG to 0.305.
My other half-Kiko buck in the test, an ECR Hannibal son, tied for 6th Place with an ADG of 0.255 pounds. His dam also was a Boer percentage.
It was a fun competition that Marvin and I both enjoyed. In fact, Marvin was so impressed with the half-Kiko buck, he offered to buy him. Instead, I "donated" him to Marvin (which saved me a 1,700-mile round trip to pick him up!). Marvin decided to use him as a reference sire in his effort to develop a composite breed of meat-type goat that had 61%-62.5% Boer with Kiko, Nubian and Spanish goat blood comprising the rest.
Marvin calls these composite goats Rangers, with the slogan "Tough enough to wear pink" - which explains their pink ear tags!
And he has been putting them to the test this year. At the 56-day weighing at the 2008 Angelo State feed test, there were nine head out of about 160 that had a .7 pound ADG or better. Four were fullblooded Boer, three were full Spanish and two were Rangers.
A Ranger also was the No. 2 indexing buck in the just-completed Langston University buck test and was No. 1 in feed conversion.
Not bad for a group of goats that have a Mississippi ancestor with such humble beginnings.