I would start by saying that I have been lucky to have used some very good sires. I would also share that I have tried way more sires than most other breeders that I know and that is part of why I have been fortunate enough to find some good sires. Some sires are stepping stones and some sires are foundation stones. I think it takes different sorts of stone to build a house but most importantly, a vision for what type of house you want to live in.
SDF Pharaoh added as herd sire in 2019
We were delighted to add SDF Pharaoh to our breeding program in 2019. Pharaoh is an exciting buck visually and is exciting due to his origins in the well established and respected Sun Dusk Farms of Richard and Cindy Gamby of Defiance, OH. The SDF program has been working hard to achieve balance in their herd while pursuing commercially viable Kiko Goats that sell well at market and are hardy and maternally productive with longevity. SDF Pharaoh is a triplet. His conformation is good and he is correct. He has excellent scrotal conformation - no split and well developed but carried high. His dam and full sisters have excellent udders. They have size and substance with good body length.
His sire is "SDF Generation ll". "Generation ll" produced the seventh placed buck in the last Western Maryland Test with a combination of good growth and excellent parasite numbers. "Generation ll" was well made with some very nice progeny including a purebred buck still at Sun Dusk Farm. His sire and grand-sire on the top side and his dam and grand-dam on the bottom of his pedigree are all home-breds produced at Sun Dusk Farm. I like to see a breeder that uses their own goats in their own breeding program repeatedly. While most breeders need to reach outside their own programs to add to their programs in one way or another, the use of base stock from the program shows confidence in the stock and the program in my opinion. "Generation ll" also has some stock in his pedigree that I used early in my program and I retain some of those lines in my better stock and am interested to complement those lines through "SDF Pharaoh".
Pharaoh's dam is "SDR Cleoopatra Bear". She is a large doe with substance and prolificacy with an excellent udder. Her pedigree is impressive. Her sire is Zeus Sting Bear. Her dam is SDR Carly Bear. That make Cleopatra double bred to BBM Generators Big Bear on top and bottom with a 1/4 shot of HSL Heslington Sting up close, while "Sting", of course, features in Generator's pedigree, as Generator was double bred to Sting further back. The pedigree interestingly also features some lining of BTH Betula Hill Moneymaker.
SDF Pharaoh - Proving genetic value in WV Test 2020
8-20-2020: The WV Test is over and we’ve had time to look at the numbers and see our tested kids. It’s always anxiety provoking to send off kids into large groups and have them compete in a new group for feed but that’s how this type of test has been. It’s more uncertain when one sends genetics that are new on the farm - especially from does that have not had kids on tests before. That’s what we did this year and I am happy with the results.
Last year we acquired SDF Pharaoh and got some does bred in time to get bucks into WV. SDF Pharaoh is a buck that brings some tested genetics from his sire’s side where a paternal-half-brother finished in the top-ten group in the Western Maryland University Forage-based Test. His dam and full sisters are prolific and have good feet and udder structure.
We took a group of 5 kids from a very limited sample of his kids to the test. So what happened? 4 of the 5 bucks performed well and extremely well in several cases. The consistency of the best 4 gives me confidence in the performances. In the adjustment period, all the kids gained weight with one kid gaining .74 of a pound per day (ratio of 179%). By the 21day report, 4 out of 5 bucks were growing at above the average for the group of 124 goats. The two best gaining kids were gaining 0.59 and 0.53. At that point on 6/23, one kid had passed our selling weight of 80 pounds at 131 days old.
By the 42 day report, all 5 kids were gaining well above the group average with the ADG ratio ranging from 13% above average to 68% above average. The ADGs on the 5 kids ranged from .58 to .87 pounds. 4 out of 5 weighed above the test bucks’ average weight. 4 out of 5 had exceeded our sale goal weight of 80 pounds. One had exceeded 100 pounds - at 152 days old. The youngest kid was 86.4 pounds at 138 days. At that stage, one kid was a straight 0 FEC with the others showing low (<500) FECs bar one outlier. At this stage we had 4 kids at slaughter weighs or higher with 4/5 with FECs we felt were acceptable considering our geographical location and temperatures for prior worm exposure.
At the conclusion of the test at 63 days “on test”, 4 out of 5 exceeded market weight at 88.9 to 98.7 pounds with the other one only a half pound under our goal of 80. The 101 pound kid at 42 days apparently decided to get some exercise and back off the calories - maybe rutting?) The FECs ranged from 0-250 at the end of the test for 4/5 of the bucks with the outlier at 550 on a downward trend. This put 4/5 of the kids at from 10% to 39% better than average for FECs - again bar the same one outlier.
One of the kids was in the top 10% of the group for ADG at 11th out of 124 head. Another was 13th out of 124 head for Rib-Eye-Area. A third kid was in the top 20% for FEC. This test gave a lot of data on a large number of kids. It’s primary value to breeders is that data. A summary look at data is often insufficient to gain the insights necessary to evaluate the goats’ performances. By laying out a summary of how I analyze test data on my group, in this instance, I hope to share my approach to evaluating the goats and the commercial viability of the goats’ and their genetic potential.
PJM Copyright Crossfire WV 16
PJM Copyright Crossfire returned from the WV 2016 test and was examined along with the other 7 goats I sent. He and his half-brother "Doemaker" were selected to stay a little longer for further evaluation. Crossfire finished the test as the thickest REA from about 40 bucks at the test. What is more amazing about him is that 2 three-quarter brothers (Same dam with sires 50% related to Crossfire's sire) both finished as the top REA bucks in their year's test - 2014 in PA, and in 2016 it was "Crosscut" that did the same in WV. This buck carries the genetics for heavy muscle and we are pursuing that.
UPDATE: Crossfire is the sire of the first and second placed for ADG in the WV Test of 2017 at the second weigh-in at 42 days.
Former Sires at PJM Goats
SKY Blue’s Copyright: 2008-2018 NZ Purebred - the genetics of Kiko performance royalty. The performances that made him legendary.
"Blue's Copyright". Pictured on pasture only. Size, type, conformation, spring of rib and very worm resistant. A hard forager and an effective and hard working breeder
SKY 213 Blue’s Copyright: 2008 - 2018 A tribute to the great SKY 213 Blue's Copyright - He changed our expectations for the Kiko breed
In the Spring of 2018, one of the Kiko breed’s most tested sires of all time died at the age of 10 years old. “SKY 213 Blue’s Copyright” was sired by “ELH Blue’s Son” and out of “MGR Lightin’s Lady T06” (a “Sunboy Waco 139” aka “Lightnin” daughter). His Dam, “MGR Lightin’s lady T06”, was herself out of “VIC Victoria Farm Puddin”, who was a “SPK Sunboy 117” (“Loverboy”) doe. “Copyright” as he became known, was one of those sire’s known by his nick-name after siring over 25 tested bucks at 3 different tests over multiple years with many winners, record breakers and top-10 finishers along the way. He was born at Blue Sky Kikos in Oklahoma. He was used by Blue Sky Kikos and Sandness Livestocks’ breeding programs for one season in 2010 after he was selected as a herd sire from the same crop of “ELH Blue’s Son” kids as “SKY Xclusively Blue” and “DSL Blue Son 110”. Those does that were bred by Copyright in 2010 were dispersed, (as was Copyright) in the Fall and Winter of 2010. Nine kids were registered from those breedings. Those included GAL Sabrina who later in her career produced an excellent test buck for Good As Gold Kikos and James Sanders. Copyright was sold in the Fall of 2010 as a 2 year old and we purchased him here at PJM Goats. He travelled to New Jersey. He caught a ride with Wes Pinneo from Duff Sandness’ farm to the “Cream of the Crop Sale” venue where we met up with Wes Pinneo in the parking lot for the exchange. The late Craig Adams of Illinois and Luke Miller of Indiana helped load him as he was an especially independent spirit in those days. Copyright had been too late arriving to PJM Goats in New Jersey to be used in 2010 but was used in the fall of 2011 on a small sample of does and we had his first crop of kids at PJM Goats in 2012. His kids really excelled in that kid group. We were using multiple different bucks at that time and the Copyright kids started to stand out in the kid group that summer of 2012. Their growth rate was exceptional and they exhibited excellent hardiness. Copyright was used on a larger proportion of the herd that Fall and his 2013 kids were sent to several tests. As luck had it, that was the year with the highest death rate at the Maryland Test and there was almost a break down in the test. It was the perfect storm of no supplementation with high stocking density and heavy worm burden. A buck sired by Copyright reached the final selection group that year - “PJM Copyright’s ABC”. He was the youngest buck kid to make the final selection and had an average FAMACHA score of 2.2, an average FEC of 1019 and an ADG ratio of 148%. There was also another Copyright kid that had an ADG of 130% that year. Copyright had started his central performance test career showing his kids could hang with the toughest goats and gain weight. “PJM Copyright Tough” went through that 2013 Maryland test and went to work with Wes Pinneo at B Bar W Kikos in Kansas. ”Tough” was the 2013 High Pointed AKGA “Performance Test Program” buck of 2013. In 2014, Copyright’s kids again excelled at the Maryland Forage-Based test. Again he showed his kids were hardy when none of his kids required deworming in 2014. Again he had a buck kid reach the Final Selection group where certain minimum FAMACHA, ADG and FEC scores were required to meet high standards. That buck kid was “PJM Copyright Tru Test MD15”. He had an ADG ratio of 189% and an average FEC under the Silver Standard of 1,000 at 943 EPG. His average FAMACHA was just 1.4 and he required no medical interventions. However, it was at the “feed-lot” tests of Pennsylvania and West Virginia of 2014 that Copyright really set himself apart from all the sires that came before him or since. In 2014 he had buck kids entered in the Pennsylvania and West Virginia Buck Tests. In the “West Virginia Buck Test” several of the Copyright bucks smashed the ADG record that been held by “MGR Titan’s Hammer” and before that, his sire “AKR Lightin’s Titan”. Copyright’s Dam is a full sister to “AKR Lightnin’s Titan”. In Pennsylvania in 2014, Copyright had 3 bucks and one grand-son buck (sired by “PJM Copyright King”) entered. The kids were very young to go to that test. In the end, they did very well with on-test ADGs of between 0.48 pounds per day - 0.54 pounds of ADG with WDA (Weight per Day of Age) gains of between 0.60 - 0.66 pounds per day. In West Virginia, the bucks had a chance to reach weaning age before the test started and they could get adjusted before going on the test. The records were smashed in West Virginia. Copyright had 4 bucks entered and “PJM Copyright King” had 1 buck at the test. The “Copyright King” buck (PJM CK’s Surprise D36 - later sold to research at Rhode Island) finished with an ADG of 0.71 - this broke Hammer’s record of 0.63 pounds ADG. However, the four Copyright Bucks had ADGs that ranged from 0.79 to 0.89!!. This was totally unprecedented gains for Kikos to that point and the 0.89 pounds gained by “PJM Copyright Winner WV14” stands still as the highest ADG of all time in the Kiko breed. “Winner” actually gained 1.1 pounds per day during a short phase of the test - also passing Hammer’s record of average daily gain over a short period. Copyright had shown that Kikos could compete head to head for good ADG figures with Boer Goats and were viable feedlot goats. The test results also showed that Kikos could carry muscle and sail up to 80 pounds (and over 110 pounds) if they had the right genetics and were farmed in a manner to allow that rate of growth. To that point, it was unproven that Kikos could break the 0.63 pounds per day ADG. In 2015, Copyright’s progeny got a rest from testing and it was the turn of his “grand kids”, sired by “PJM Copyrights Bluejay”. “Bluejay” was selected from the 2013 crop of kids at PJM Goats. Bluejay had a set of kids entered in the Maryland Forage-Based Test and five head to the West Virginia Buck Test in 2015. In Maryland, the Bluejay kids showed excellent ADGs in the “Growth Phase” (first half) of the test. One of the Bluejay’s was the highest ADG goat at the half-way point of 42 days at 0.454 pounds gain per day. He was the heaviest goat in the test also at 95.8 pounds. The PJM consignment was by far the heaviest in the test. None were dewormed during the test. He had a buck that made the final selected group also - “PJM Hard As Nails”. “Hard as Nails” had the distinction of starting and proceeding through and finishing the test with a FAMACHA Score of 1. He had an average FEC of 817 EPG and an WDA that was 3rd out of the final ten bucks selected. We have retained a number of “PJM Hard As Nails” daughters at PJM Goats and expect kids from them in 2019. In West Virginia in 2015, the PJM Copyrights Bluejay bucks really excelled. That year there were Boer and high percentage Boer goats entered in the test. The PJM Kikos easily stayed in the competition with them and in the end, a percentage Boer and “PJM Bluejay’s Twist” were neck and neck to be the winner. The test administrators decided to class the Boer and Kikos separately that year. In the Kiko division, Bluejay sired the first, second and third placed bucks. He also sired the sixth and seventh placed bucks. The winner was “PJM Bluejays Twist”. His final test Index ratio was 121 overall using the test formula. He came off the test at 119 pounds, his ADG was 0.84 pounds - placing him at the second highest KIKO ADG of all time. His LEA Ratio was 133%. His RFI was -1.22 (used less feed than the average of the test goats) and to top it off, he has the largest scrotal circumference! He was one of my personal favorite bucks that I have bred. By this time in the Fall of the 2015, Copyright had shown through “PJM Copyright King” and in 2015 through “PJM Copyrights Bluejay” that he could pass on his ability to be hardy and have high daily gain genetics in his descendents. In 2016, Copyright progeny was entered in Central Performance Tests for the last time. He impressed as much as ever. That year he had the highest ADG buck (Tag 649) at the end of the “Growth Phase” at day 42 at the last Maryland test. The consignment of four bucks had the heaviest average weight bucks (average per head) consignment at the end of the “growth phase”. His buck, “PJM Top five MD16”, had the best FAMACHA of the test with an average of one through the entire test!! “Top Five” had an ADG ratio of 172% and an average FEC of 830. The ADG ratio for the Copyright buck, “PJM Steel Nails” was an impressive 218% with an average FEC of 1922 and an average FAMACHA of 1.83 through the test. Meanwhile in the 2016 WV test, Copyright bucks were setting themselves up for the future. Of the three Copyright bucks tested in West virginia in 2016, he sired the highest REA buck of the entire test with a REA ratio of 129. The next closest bucks were at 118. This was nothing new, he had done that in Pennsylvania in his kids class in 2014 and again in the 2014 West Virginia Test. That high REA buck is “PJM Copyright Crossfire”. “PJM Doe Maker” also went through the WV Test to be used in the PJM breeding program. Named with a nod to his Dam - “PJM Austin/KiwiKing B16” - one of the best Austin Boy daughters with an excellent udder. Additionally, a Copyright daughter was the Dam to the second place buck in the WV test. Showing again his prepotency and ability to contribute positively to his descendants’ genetics.
Copyright finished his Central Performance Test career with amazing success.He lived another two years to die in the Spring of 2018 at 10 years old. However, Copyright’s genetic legacy lives on in his progeny through the breeding program at PJM goats. His son, “PJM Copyright Crossfire WV16”, went on in 2017 to sire the winner of the West Virginia Buck Test and the seventh place buck out of only 2 entries sired by him. The winner, “PJM Crossfire Copybook WV17” also had the thickest Rib Eye Area. His REA ratio was 13 points higher than the closest other buck. “Copybook” had an ADG that was 19 points higher than the closest buck. His test index was 15 points higher than the next highest buck.
In 2018, the Copyright buck, “PJM Doe Maker WV16” sired a seventh place buck in the 2018 test. His Dam was sired by the 2014 WV tested buck, “PJM Record Breaker”. Making the kid double-bred to Copyright.
In summary, Copyright changed what we know about the Kiko breed. His progeny grew faster than any sire in the Kiko breed. His progeny went through the toughest forage tests with no deworming or medical help. His progeny’s FAMACHA scores were unusually good. His daughters have produced multiple successful test bucks. In short, Copyright has set a standard that other bucks will find difficult to match and it will be even more difficult to surpass. His genetic legacy is alive and strong through his descendents and his contribution to the breed will be felt for quite some time.
PJ Murphy, PJMGoats.com, 2/27/2019
“Blue’s Copyright”, a Full NZ Purebred, is sired by Blue’s Son (A 50%Genetic son of Money Maker) and his Dam, a Daughter of Lightin’, is a full sister to Titan. Titan is the sire of Hammer.
Both Hammer and Titan held records for Average Daily Gain in a performance test. In fact, Titan held the record at the Valley Forge Test in GA until that record was broken by his son Hammer. Hammer's record was broken during the summer of 2014 in West Virginia. The current record holder is PJM WV Winner. The next 3 highest ADGs are all sired by Blue's Copyright or PJM Copyrights Bluejay and from different does.
Blue’s Copy Right is a very wide and well made buck. He has great width over his shouders and has great body length. He sires very fast growing and well made kids. He has black feet and dark skin and a blue-red roan colored coat.
SAN Sonny's Tasman Tricks
We used "Tricks" in 2018 to produce kids in 2019. In 2017 I visited the farm of James Sanders at Good As Gold kikos in Guthrie, OK. There we looked at James' does and in my opinion, GAL Aerial was one of the top three does that I seen. A medium frame and feminine doe with an excellent high udder and excellent teat conformation. "SAN Sonnys Tasman Tricks" is of course sired by HKF Sonny Boy - the sire of MRG Outlaw and the son himself of SKY Warsaw. "Warsaw" was a tested buck, well known for a low FEC through that OK Test. Warsaw was sired by ELH Blue's Son and again he was known to produce very worm resistant bucks when tested at the early Langston OK test. Gal Aerial was sired by SKY High Trickster and was also a Blue's Son buck and out of the legendary Tasman Temptress. "Aerial" was out of a Tasman Aristocrat doe who was out of an original SWL Terminator doe. A pedigree saturated with Kiko Goats known and tested to be worm resistant with low FEC's. In 2019 we tested our retained doeling group and were amazed that 1/3rd of the doelings were at a zero FEC. While that sounds improbable, there were a few other kids that had FECs over 2500. Showing that exposure to larvae was adequate. We believe that Tricks played a significant part in the low FEcs we seen in the summer of 2019. Tricks feet stayed tight and held together very well through the very wet spring in the NE and his progeny appear to have good feet that hold together very well in wet conditions.
The bucks pictured above are both 2019 sons of "Tricks". The Buck pictured on the Left is PJM J28 - sold as a commercial sire. The buck kid pictured on the right is PJM Paddington. He was the only NZ buck we registered from our 2019 buck kids. He is standing at stud with Granville and Mary Cheatham of Nip-N-Tuk Kikos in Tennessee.
MRG High Regard
For the early part of the 2019 breeding season we used the young buck from M.R. Goats called MRG High Regard. Tested as a kid through the 2018 WV Test, he excelled and had an excellent performance over-all with balance across the traits at the high end of the test. "High Regard" has bone and substance. He has straight feet and clean 1 x 1 teats. He is sired by the well tested SKY Kiss My Spot. Known for high ADG progeny, Kiss my Spot is a Loverboy son and out of the legendary doe - Tasman Temptress. His dam is also an interesting doe and one of the favorites at M.R. Goats. MRG Georgia Peach is sired by the Terminator XX son, GFI Hemi. Tested through his progeny and noted for high worm resistance bucks, Hemi was a typical Terminator XX son. Peach's dam is GFI Georgia who is a Keeper daughter. Georgia Peach is a full sister to the impressive buck - MRG GT. We bred High Regard to some very high quality does and expect some excellent kids by this promising young buck. MRG High regard was only temporarily secured from M.R. Goats for use only on a part of our herd and has returned to M.R. Goats. Thanks to M.R. Goats.
If AFK Harvester had been a NZ buck, he would be celebrated as one of the greatest performing through his daughters of all time. His daughters went on to produce multiple Maryland Finalists and WV Test Winners and top five bucks. He finished 7th in the Maryland Test himself. This picture was taken during the test. You can see what the test did to the goat behind him. His ADG was over .3 of a pound despite zero supplementation. He held a very dark FAMACHA through the test. I paid the highest price in the Maryland auction to get him and I wish I had him longer before I lost him. He bred only one season to purebred does and they produced great daughters of his. Still a buck I hold as one of the very best all round.
GIN V22 - "Premier Dale"
GIN W07 - Kiwi King
RAK Austins Boy - Grand sire to multiple Top 10 bucks in Maryland Test
CVK Apollos A22
PJM Copyrights Bluejay - Sire to excellent test bucks and test winner in WV
PJM Bluejays Twist - WV Test Winner
MJI RCs Blue Legacy
In 2015 Legacy came to PJM Goats and we used him to produce some very nice kids. Two of his buck kids produced here tied for joint second place at the 2016 WV Buck Test. We have retained some of his progeny to use in our program and he now stands with James Sanders. We expect him to continue to contribute very positively to the Kiko breed.
HKF Flip was sired by HKF Little Joe. He was a thick goat with muscle like his sire Hemp's Golden Boy. Little Joe's dam was a "Big Boy" daughter who was out of a double bred Goliath doe "Harriet". Flip's bottom side shows his Dam was also a grand daughter of "Harriet". His maternal grand dam was sired by JFK Noble who combined Tasman Aristocrat and Terminator genetics. HKF Flip has correct legs and tight black feet. He is well made and holds a dark FAMACHA through the year. He made a good cross on our stock and expect him to contribute very positively to the breeding program of Steven Tenedidios of New York at his new home.
CPK Rooster Cogburn: 2008-2016
Rooster came to us at the very end of his breeding career and we were happy to have him spend his last summer with us. He fleshed up and shed out to look like the power house he was.
CPK Rooster Cogburn in old age.
Rooster spent nearly all his breeding career with Shane Hesterman and Shane liked him well enough to base his line breeding program on him. We used him on some of our best does in his last year of breeding in 2016.
Young Sire "Hard as Nails" used for 2017 kids
Western Maryland Test 2015 PJM Kid makes Top Ten selection again by being "Hard As Nails"!
PJM Hard as Nails was bred for 2017 kids to some very nice does, including a "Generator" doe. He bred some super nice does and we have retained most of them. "Hard As Nails" held a FAMACHA OF 1 for the entirety of the 2015 Maryland Test. One of only two bucks to do so out of about 100 bucks on the test.
What Our Clients Are Saying
"The doelings I've purchased from PJM Goats have grown very well on a mostly forage diet. Maintained themselves with high famacha scores & required no deworming to date. Very pleased with their overall quality, phenotype & parasite resistance."Troy Lohman/TNT FARM Butler, Illinois
All PJM Goats are registered with the AKGA and are therefore accepted by all other Kiko Registries.