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Keedysville woman Goat fest is next month

August 24, 2004

Jeanne Dietz-Band said she has been working to build a successful meat goat herd the past three years on her family's small Many Rocks Farm south of Keedysville.

"It has been an interesting challenge to come up with ideas to develop a local market for fresh goat meat," Dietz-Band said.

So, with other breeders in Tennessee, she started the International Kiko Goat Association. It champions the Kiko breed, which she said is recognized for its "vigor, parasite resistance and excellent meat qualities."

She said the association is sponsoring Kikofest 2004 on Saturday, Sept. 18, in Gray, Tenn. The event "will be an excellent way for farmers to learn about the Kiko meat goat and develop contacts if they are considering entering the meat goat business," she said.

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Speakers and topics include:

  • Dr. Richard Browning, in research at Tennessee State University, on his development of a competitive goat production system for small farmers.

  • Jackie Nix, of Sweetlix Minerals, on the importance of minerals for goats.

  • Dietz-Band on breeding strategies for Kiko producers.

  • Will Campbell on the finances of farming.

  • Dr. Dave Mangione, Ohio State University, speaking on ethnic and faith-driven markets creating opportunities for meat goat producers through the U.S.


A Kiko goat auction will follow the talks. All goats brought to the sale are to have their USDA health certificates and IKGA registration.

Registration for Kikofest 2004 may be made through the IKGA office at 4453 Highway 11E, Bluff City, TN, or by calling 1-423-538-4279 or 1-888-538-4279 for more information.

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