WELCOME TO LOOKOUT POINT RANCH
Lookout Point Ranch is a 500-acre commercial farm in the Cascade foothills near Lowell, Oregon. We have been raising purebred Kiko goats for eleven years, and the USA representative for Garrick Batten's company, Caprinex, the New Zealand founder of the breed, for five years. Our current herdsires and some of our does were imported directly from Caprinex's New Zealand operation. Many are the progeny of the buck Starlifta, an important herdsire in Caprinex's ongoing Kikonui program. The remainder of our goats are descended from animals bred by Dr. An Peischel, who also purchased her foundation stock from Caprinex.
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We chose Kiko goats because they are the only breed we know of that can thrive under a hands-off management style in the Pacific Northwest. Kiko goats are a maternal meat breed derived from feral goats in New Zealand, which has a rainy climate and rugged terrain quite similar to our own. This breed is the profitable alternative to Boer goats, which tend to require much more management and feed inputs when run under challenging conditions in cold, wet climates.
Our breeding philosophy continues the "hands-off" management style that led to the creation of the breed in New Zealand. We intentionally stress our goats with steep terrain, bad weather, parasites and feed limitation to reveal genetic differences that remain hidden under "better" management. Our breeding herd is not trimmed, wormed or vaccinated, or fed any kind of supplemental feed, including hay. Does are not flushed and no assistance is given at any birth. The only shelter provided is trees. While some goats do fail on our farm, there are others that thrive despite the adversity and it is from these that we draw our replacement genetics.
Our primary focus is reproductive efficiency under a high level of challenge. We strive to produce exceptionally fertile does that will take on the first service, and reliably twin -- even when they are in poor body condition due to tough conditions. Our 2013 kidding season herd statistics are:
Does bred on first service = 86-93%
Dry/empty does = 0%
Annual doe deaths (non-predator)= 2%
Maiden does as percent of doe mob = 28%
Kids born per doe (maiden does) = 1.96
Kids born per doe (2nd-timers & older) = 1.99
Singling rate = 12%
Kids weaned per doe (predator losses not included)= 1.94
Kid losses through weaning (non-predator) = 2%
We strive to provide for our customers the learning experiences and quality assurances we wish we could have had, when we were first starting out. Buyers may examine any aspect of our operation they would like to see, including our production records, when choosing an animal. We also offer a replacement warranty on our animals up to 8 years of age. We would rather have the chance to remedy any dissatisfaction than have a customer of ours go away unhappy.
For those who are unable to pick up goats from our farm, we ship by truck and air freight. We service Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Canada.