The Kinder Goat – Milk
The Kinder Goat
The Kinder is a relatively recent goat breed developed in the 1980s by crossbreeding Nubian and Pygmy Goats. Due to its very short history there are likely fewer than 5000 head of Kinder registered with the official Kinder Goat Breeders Association.
The History of the Kinder Goat
Though it’s a recent breed, the history of the Kinder, like many of the most well-known breeds, has its own mysterious (or maybe not) origin story. As this story goas, there was a farmer who had two Nubian does without a buck to breed them. But he did have a pygmy, and rather than going to another farm and striking out a deal to breed with another farmer’s buck, he crossbred the two. The first breeding resulted in three does and the second, a year later, produced the first Kinder buck. Though this story is likely true, parts of it are still believed to be uncorroborated.
Characteristics of the Kinder Goat
As for their dimensions, bucks can be up to 28 inches tall and does 26 inches tall. The bucks tend to weigh around 140 pounds with does weight closer to 120 pounds. Kinders can breed year round just like Pygmy Goats. They also tend to give birth to large numbers of kids at once with three or four not being uncommon.
Raising Kinder Goats
Because of the higher butterfat (7%) content of Kinder Goat milk, they are most often raised as dairy goats. Their milk also helps yield a greater amount of cheese than other goat milk as well. In many ways it is a great choice for a single home dairy producer.
Beyond milk and cheese, the Kinder can produce a surprising amount of meat for its size – especially when you consider a doe breed year round and can kid up to 8 newborns at once. In the right circumstances, a herd can yield quite a large amount of meat annually.