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rnrnMyotonic Goats, also known asrnWooden Leg, Stiff Leg, or Tennessee Fainting Goats are one of the few goatsrnthat are indigenous to the U.S. There are two strains of this animal. Most ofrnthose found in Tennessee and the eastern U.S. are smaller. Most Texas herdsrntend to be somewhat larger, probably due to selective breeding for the meat market.rnIn fact, some ranchers have renamed them Tennessee Meat Goats.


rnrnMyotonic Goats are often soldrnas pets because they are unique. Myotonic means when they are frightened orrnexcited they "lock up" and often fall over (faint) and lie very stiffrnfor a few seconds. It is an over-simplification, but the chemicals which arernrushed to humans' muscles and joints to prepare them for "fight orrnflight" are withheld in the Myotonic under exciting or frightfulrncircumstances.


rnrnNo one really knows theirrnorigin. There are two theories. One of the possibilities is that a private herdrnsold to a Tennessee farmer around 1880 was the beginning of the breed. A manrnnamed John Tinsley arrived in Marshall County, Tennessee, with four goats, arnbilly and three nannies, which he had brought from Nova Scotia. When he moved arnyear later, he left his goats behind. It is believed that all the Faintingrngoats in the U.S. can trace their origins back to these four goats.


rnrnThe other theory is that therernwas a spontaneous mutation of a herd in Tennessee about 1885 which resulted inrnthe recessive gene.


rnrnMyotonic goats which have beenrnselected for meat production are heavy rumped, deep chested animals. Most arernblack and white but multi colors are not uncommon. They breed aseasonally, arerneasy kidders and have good milk production. Many breeders have noted the breedrnhas the capability to produce two kiddings a year. They are good mothers so inrnmost cases a bonding pen is not needed. Since they are not good climbers andrnjumpers they are somewhat easier to keep than other goats.


rnrnThe AmericanrnLivestock Breed Conservancy has placed this breed of goat on theirrn"rare" list, with an estimated world population of under 10,000. Theyrnhave now been discovered as excellent crossbreed stock for the Boer goat, arnmeat goat which was imported from South Africa. The "fainting" genernis recessive; therefore it is usually not expressed in crossbred animals.



Myotonic (Wooden Leg) Goats Associations


International Fainting Goat Association International Fainting Goat Association - www.faintinggoat.com


The Myotonic Goat Registry The Myotonic Goat Registry - www.myotonicgoatregistry.net


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