Savanna Goats

The South African Savanna meat goat has proven itself to be a hardy profitable breed.  It is very rare in the United States and we are committed to protecting and upgrading its genetics, while keeping the unique features of the Lubbe Cilliers Savanna.  

Jurgen Schulz imported the first and only Savannas directly to the USA from South Africa. These were direct purchases at DSU Cilliers farm.  These Savannas were part of the famous CODI/PCI Boer goat import.  The Boers were sold by Jurgen in 1996.  Schulz (JCS) kept and bred the Savannas for two years before selling them in 1998 at his Kifaru dispersion sale.  Keri-rose Consulting Inc. and DNAfrica imported frozen embryos in 2000/2001.  Since then, an import ban has been in place, thus preventing anymore direct South African imports.  Ken Mincey (MGF) imported live Savannas from Australia in 2003.  The limited genetics of the Savanna create a challenge to the breeder.  
We at Sleepy Hollow Farm, have traveled to acquire distinct original bloodlines to introduce into our breeding program.  We performed an AI (Artificial Insemination) and Embryo transplants using the semen from original Schulz import progeny and Keri-Rose's embryo import in July 2016. We hope to be able to offer breeders original genetics for their program.  These will all be DNA parentage verified progeny.  Pictured left is our doe Penny during the flush.  
HV International E 525

This sire was born in Australia and was a direct import by Ken Mincey (MGF) to his Georgia farm. 525 is the sire of MGF A102 "Dollar".    Dollar was chosen by Dawn Mincey for her friend, Eddie Markham, during the initial sale in Georgia.  525 was Dawn's favorite import buck.  

MGF A102 "Dollar" 

He was progeny of the original import, HV E 525.  "Dollar", pictured left, has provided genetic diversity. He was selected for our breeding program in 2012 and 2013 due to tank/train conformation and muscling.  Peg Merriman became his new owner in the summer of 2016.   Congrats !

 #122 "Iron Man" 

This herdsire was selected as a sire of some of our kids due to his superior size and pedigree.  His sire was "Goliath" (KRI 522) and his dam DF 518 Rising Sun Ranch 101.  He has a direct pedigree to JCS import and KRI imported embryo project.  He has great "form" and proven function.

NJW White 94  "Braddock"                      

This buck courtesy of Jerry Webb of Ivor, Virginia.  Jerry purchased Savannas from Bill Ryals who was an original purchaser at the Jurgen Schulz Kifaru sale in Lampasas, Texas in 1998.  Jerry was one the first breeders of the Savanna goat in the United States and helped develop the foundation stock that we all have today.  Braddock was used to create one of our distinct bloodlines to help our customers diversify their savanna genetics. 


 JCS 8 (Cillier 64) 

Born in South Africa, JCS 8 was a direct import by Jurgen Schulz to the USA.  This was the foundation doe that Jerry Webb used build the NJW herd (pictured left).  Jerry collaborated with Brian Payne (Keri-rose) and the Wilson brothers (SP75) to share original savanna bucks for their ET projects.  Jerry then closed his herd and thus NJW became a distinct blood line.  NJW Green 36, Green 42 and Green 44 were Jerry's favorites.  Dale Coody (4C) purchased Champion buck NJW Green 36 from Jerry and added to his breeding program in Oklahoma.  
NJW white 120   "Damascus" 

This 9 month old buckling is being groomed to continue Sleepy Hollow's NJW line.  He traces to JCS 8 via his grand dam.  NJW Green 44 was his dam's sire.  The NJW line is known for its black pigment, and parasite tolerance.   Jerry Webb retired from Savannas in the fall of 2016, and passed away in the spring of 2017.  We were fortunate to have had him as a mentor and we will miss him.
4C W1118        "Big 2"                     PI# 14175

This herdsire is part of Sleepy Hollow's foundation stock.  His sire was NJW Green 42 and dam was SP 75 1075.  Eddie Markham purchased him from Dale Coody and gave him the nickname "Big 2".

*note: Dale had two bucks named 4C W1118.  This can cause confusion when examining pedigrees - use PI #'s.  

#163 "Catapult" a full blood son of MGF A102 "Dollar". His Dam is 4C X409; a doe that was created from a flush of doe WW D01 (Out of JCS 16 and JCS 22 both born in South Africa).  Purchasing offspring from Catapult's blood line will help diversify the genetics of your Savanna herd.  Pictured left , at 4 months in 2013.  He is DNA sire verified with UC Davis.  He is continuing to show excellent traits and development pictured right, at 2 3/4 years, meeting the older more strict Cilliers Savanna breed standards used by Australia and South Africa; link below.

 #178     "Big Jim"       He is tank conformation.  "Big Jim" has added muscle to all his offspring, his kids have been the first purchased every year due to their quick growth and muscling.  So, in 2016, he was the buck selected for our live cover flush and embryo transfer.  16 embryos provided 15 live kids averaging 10.3 lbs.  They completely sold out at weaning in March of 2017.   He is DNA verified and duel registered with NASA and Pedigree International.

 Pretty Boy Floyd

Shown here at 14 months of age.  He has a nice tall stature and meaty frame with dark black pigment.  We are pleased with his progress.  Pretty Boy Floyd's test breeding was exceptional.  He has kids on the ground, born Feb 2017.  Great birthrights, conformation, and dark black pigment.  We plan to use him in an ET project   with kids for sale this December 2017.

Quervo, 4C W1118 (Big 2), NJW Green 42 on the top and SP75 P1097 Savi, JCS #16 on the bottom of his pedigree.  
Savanna 3       "Bubba"

This is the "Old Man" of our farm.  He is a son of KRI 512 "Dawie" and KRI 560, a doe sired by Y8 over Y6.   He has great tank/train conformation, nice roman nose, and dark black pigment.  He is a favorite of everyone who visits our farm.  

These old genetics are hard to find.  


This sire was progeny of DSU Cilliers Champion buck and Koenie Kotze's champion South African doe.  (JLK) is the farm designation for Mr. Koenie Kotze in S.A.  Keri-Rose consulting imported frozen embryos directly from South Africa in 2000.  Y-8 is also a son of KRI 512 (S.A. import), one of the most famous bucks known to original Savanna breeders.   We get frequent inquires, we own Y-8 semen, but it is not for sale.  This is used for internal herd improvement.  

Y-8 was a top performer on forage in the southern climates, Texas, and Connecticut for four years before being moved to Canada. He was the champion buck used by Brian Payne and his partners.  He has a large scrotum, dark black pigment, and a thick meaty frame.  The Keri-Rose herd still has progeny from Y-8, that has great performance data.    

It is our goal to educate the newer breeder about the Savanna and its history in the United States.  We want you to be able to understand extended pedigrees, and keep the inbreeding coefficient low while still increasing performance.  This will certainly be a challenge.  As a breeder of seed stock, our focus is to enhance and protect the breed's future.  Our AI and Embryo transfer projects gives us the opportunity to be able to diversify with genetics from DSU Cilliers and Koenie Kotze's programs from South Africa.  We hope to bring original bucks lines back to life for our customers.  Thank you for viewing our page and considering our program's offspring. 

  Sleepy Hollow's  # 137  "Catapult's Buster" 

Shown here at 2 1/2 months.  His birthweight was 10.4 lbs.  He has had an ADG of .65 lbs.  He is out of Pansy and Catapult.  His two month weight was 48.2 lbs.  His 76 day wean weight was 62 lbs.  Catapult is known for adding thick cannon bones. 

Buster is off to Pennsylvania.

  Sleepy Hollow's  JCB # 113 "Hercules"

Shown upper left at 1 month.   He is a son of Catapult and Penny.  He was 10.2 lbs at birth with a wean weight of 52.3 lbs at 75 days (ADG .56 lbs/day).  Shown right at 2 years old.  Michelle Cofer of Elk Creek Savannas in Forest, Virginia reports he is developing well in a field environment, adding muscle and height to his offspring.


Our base herd dams have been competing well against our Kikos on the same ration and forage.  The birth weights and ADG of the kids have been impressive.   A few does are pictured below. Schedule a visit anytime to see the rest of our herd.


 C-182 "Pansy" 

Pansy is an "Iron Man" daughter.  Her pedigree traces to Brian Payne's embryo import KRI S506 from the Konie Kotze' herd in South Africa. 

Pansy was used in the 2016 live cover flush with "Big Jim".  The offspring have been impressive.  

 C-160 "Penny"  

Penny is tank/train conformation.  Her offspring have had great muscling.  In 2016 she was chosen for an embryo transfer project using semen from the original savanna import champion progeny JCS 35.  JCS35/Penny will be a new and unique blood line for United States breeders.  I know what you are thinking… Yes, Penny will take your goat's lunch money.

 C159 "Macy"

Her pedigree is heavy KRI 522 Goliath on the top and 4C W118 "Big 2" on the bottom. 

 D-120 "Erin"

Erin's bloodline traces to the 2011 Maryland goat test ADG (Average daily weight gain) winner. Her sire was from the Garrett's Savanna program in Virginia.  Her sire won the ADG vs. many champion Kiko breeding programs in a parasite challenge environment.

 D-123 "Pippi" 

 D-122 "Sofie"

D-121 "Piper".   

 D-119 "Alexis" 


Her pedigree is like the who's who of the savanna champion herd sires.  JCS 16, WW E05, Pete.    

 SBR 007     "Willow"

Lagertha and Willow come to us from Sara Beth Routh's farm in North Carolina. Sara Beth was associated with North Carolina A&T University's study of meat goats.  She purchased and managed the Savanna goats for the study and was able to acquire bloodlines from across the country.

SBR 008     "Lagertha"

Lagertha's dam is "Cookie".  Cookie was Sara Beth's favorite doe and admired on the Savanna Facebook page for her thick stocky stature and jet black pigment.  

Champion bucks  like RRD Mr. N9X, KRI 522 Goliath on the top and bottom of this pedigree.  

126  "Astrid"

This young doe is a Catapult daughter.  Shown here at 11 months.  She has nice conformation.  We hope to use her in our program in late 2017.

Many Savanna breeders wish they were able to have acquired original import stock in 1998 during the original dispersion sale, or from Brain Payne's embryo import.  Now our customers can.  We partnered with Caprine Genetics (CGI) with an AI and ET flush project using Kiko goats, as recipients, to our full blood Savanna embryos; for sale in March 2017.   We used semen from the original Jurgen Schulz import progeny Champion herdsire JCS 35, WWe05, which Dale Coody's called his "Cadillac" buck.  We completed another project in May of 2017, with kids to hit the ground in October.  Also in OCT of 2017, our next project involves champion herdsire  Y-8, from Brian Payne's Keri-Rose embryo import from the Koenie Kotze' herd in South Africa.      Offspring from these old Savanna blood lines will be a great addition to our base herd, and will provide us the ability to offer our customer an exceptional Savanna for their breeding program.

                                                 "Bringing old Champions back to life" 

We also have 88% Savanna percentage does that are breeding with our 100% Bucks producing kids at 94%.  This high percentage Savanna has been very popular with our customers.  The 94% Savanna can be registered as Purebred with NASA and Pedigree registries.  When bred into other meat goat programs, the Savanna will add thickness to the Kiko, without losing its parasite tolerance.  The Savanna will add heartiness and ease of kidding to the Boer, without slowing its rapid growth.   We can also offer a package price of the Dam and her offspring including a Karakachan LGD pup.    As always, we offer discounts to our repeat customers.

 The Karakachan LGD originates from Bulgaria.  This breed is similar to the Great Pyrenees but does not roam.  The Karakachan accepts the flock as its territory and will viciously protect the flock from predators and theft.

Give us a call soon to examine blood lines and reserve a Savanna that fits your needs.   We can also offer packages of the Dam (or Recip) with her kids.  The Savanna is also winter hardy. This past year we had a lot of snow and many -20 degree windchill days.   

 Future prospects

 The Kotze' savanna "form" from Swenkuil, South Africa has been the model of our breeding program

 New Zealand Kiko Goats

The New Zealand Kiko has proven itself as the best meat goat with regards to hardiness, parasite resistance, and mothering skills.  It is able to gain weight on mostly forage with little input from the rancher.  It's only weakness to some, is its lack of size and meatiness.  Kiko breeders have solved that problem with AVG Ozark Bambino aka "BAM BAM".  

Each of BamBam's owners have been able to create a herd of large does that are hearty, parasite resistant and need little input for quick weight gain.  BamBam is described by Jared Mikell of Carson Kikos as "The biggest buck I have ever seen".  He has sired >70% females providing each exceptional size.  His sire is "Bullet" from Arcadia Valley Goats and dam is CGI Titan's Leia.  BamBam is six years old and has never been wormed.  FEC were 150 or below on quarterly checks on our farm.  Our Mid-Atlantic climate creates barber pole worm concerns with many goats.  Not BamBam.  DNA verified with AKGA and microchipped.  Double registered with NKR and AKGA.  

BamBam and five 100% NZ goats were recently purchased by Dr. Michael Karch owner of Sweet Meadow Farms LLC.  He plans to use BamBam to add more size to his herd.  Sweet Meadow  farm is located in beautiful Middle Brook, Virginia.  We would like to also congradulate David Kirkton on his purchase of 4 Kikos for his Wilmington, North Carolina farm.  After these purchases we have sold the remaining of our NZ Kikos and just have purebred and commercial kikos.    Thank you all again.     

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