WELCOME TO DEAN HILL
About our farm.....
We purchased our farm in 2001 and are located in the rolling hill country of Middle Tennessee. At first we raised only cattle but, after several years of bush-hogging, we began to get serious about incorporating goats into our operations. Not only are goats an excellent means of clearing pasture land, the demand for goat meat has increased tremendously here in the United States as well. So, we restored and repaired some fencing, built and shored up existing barns, enlisted the aid of my mother-in-law (retired goat farmer extraordinaire) and researched goats and the different breeds available. In 2010, after much research and travel, we chose Kiko goats.
We purchased our first dozen Kiko goats and turned them loose in a pasture with enough grazing for ten times that many. We have since purchased many more, selectively culled the herd and added some from our own breeding program. At last count we are over fifty does and still growing. We have 100% New Zealands, purebreds and some commercial does as well. They are happy and growing and making war on weeds!
Whether you are looking for breeding stock, information on owning and caring for goats, or are just interested in life on the farm, we invite you to take a look around our site. If you have any questions or comments, please email us. We look forward to hearing from you and thanks for stopping by!
Thank you for a great 2016!!!!
Contact us. We'd love to hear from you!
Dean Hill Kikos
98 Dean Hill Rd
Pleasant Shade, TN 37145
Charles and Sherri Reece
cell - (615) 388-3774
The tobacco barn "up-do"
BUCK COLLECTION 2016
ROHO'S BIG DARLIN'
Breeding Season Begins
Summer Solstice is officially behind us which means it is breeding time on Dean Hill! We typically enjoy mild weather in our area in November and December. Occasionally we see milder weather in January than in March. So if possible, we try to plan our kidding for the milder fall/winter months of November to January.
This year we sat down and had many great debates on the merits of this doe, the attributes of this particular buck, and some brand new girls to add to the fun of playing matchmaker.
We have a new set of half-sisters spending July and August with Isaiah's Fire, a good amount of Roho Grande and Hobo does hanging out with Indian Outlaw and some of our own Dean Hill girls making time with Way Beyond the Blue. Earlier this year we purchased a few does to revive some older genetics. We can't wait to share this news and the results in the future!!
Breeding with Purpose
When we began raising kikos, we had very little experience with goats. Fortunately, we found what we were told about kikos is true. They are parasite resistant, they do have good feet, they do make good mothers, etc.....
Even with the top-notch herd of mothers we have, our goal is always towards improvement. Better weight gains, higher kidding rates, and increased overall herd health.
Selection of replacement does is important to the future of your herd. While it isn't possible to be certain what kind of mother a doeling will make, you can get an idea if the odds are in her favor by looking at her mother's history and what her sire's lineage brings to the table. Are they known for producing does with good udders, sound feet, heavy milkers? Ask questions of your breeder. Know what you need and be an informed buyer!
Once your moms are proven and solid, then breed towards your goals. Buck selection is key in building a better kiko!
Constant focus on size can leave gaps in resistance. Focusing on color and resistance can create a decrease in overall weaning weights. Keep detailed records. And while there are very few perfect goats, there are goats that are 95% perfect! Aim high!! Try to build the perfect goat. Find what areas need improvement and select replacement mothers and bucks that can help you reach your goals!
To see if we have something you are looking to add to your herd, please take a look at our Herdsires page and the Our Does page. And if we can answer any questions for you, just give us a call or send us an email. We love talking goat!!
A Goat Rancher's Gumbo
10 lbs boneless cubed goat meat
4 large green peppers
2 bunches chopped green onions
1 c all-purpose flour
12 large tomatoes-chopped
1 1/2 T dried thyme
4 bay leaves
1 T pepper
1 T salt
8 c chicken broth
4 packages frozen okra cut into slices
1 1/2 sticks butter
1 c vegetable oil
1 reg. size bottle hot sauce
1 pint home canned tomato juice
20 c hot cooked rice
2 sticks of butter
Trim excess fat. Combine flour, thyme, salt, and pepper; dredge meat in flour mixture. Heat butter and oil in Dutch oven; add meat and cook until browned on all sides. Best to do this in small batches. Remove meat, reserving drippings in Dutch oven. Add onion and green pepper to reserved drippings, saute until tender. Stir in meat and remaining ingredients except rice and the 2 sticks of butter. Cover and cook in crock pots on high for 3 hours. Remove bay leaves. While gumbo is stewing, cook rice and add 2 sticks of butter to rice while its hot. Add rice to gumbo just before serving. This recipe made 3 crock pots full of gumbo and an additional crock pot full of rice. Served approximately 200 taste test servings. Would feed a crowd of 40-50 as main course. Or 30 hungry farm hands!!