The Six Shooter Kiko farm started in 2019 when both Cody and Brittany Santel (Smith) decided to follow childhood dreams of living on a farm. Growing up with fond memories of their grandparents having all kinds of farm animals, Cody and Brittany knew that they too wanted to have a place filled with farm aninals. It didn't take long for the sights and smells of chickens, turkeys, cows and goats filling their small farm.
Having an interest in goats, it was decided that Kiko goats would be the breed raised on the farm due to the parasite resistence, mothering instincts and meat production that made the Kiko breed so desirable nationwide. Cody's parents (Tim & Gina) also became interested and involved in the effort and soon thereafter, a small herd of commercial kiko goats were purchased for the new farm. Of course, like all new farms, there was a steep learning curve.
As the family began to gain knowledge and experience raising kiko goats, the farm added numerous registered New Zealand and Purebred kikos from reputable breeders throughout the U.S. with an emphasis on genetics and performance proven bloodlines especially those that produce big goats with color! As the herd grew, so did the need for more acreage.
In March 2021, the Six Shooter Kiko farm increased in size with the purchase of 56 beautiful acres in Marshall County, Kentucky. The rolling hills of the new farm are filled with lush green pastures, a pond and creek as well as wooded timber comprised of red oaks, white oaks, cherry, pine, cedar and much more where the goats will have endless forage. With several large paddocks on the new farm, rotational grazing now provides for better parasite management where worming only takes place when needed.
The Six Shooter Kiko farm strives to raise healthy goats by maintaining a negative test herd for CAE and Johne's Disease by following a bioscreen testing protocol for all new goats arriving at the farm. On the farm, regular and annual vaccinations are provided to our goats, to include Caseous Lymphadenitis (CL).