Tennessee Myotonic Goat Arc Of TastePresentation Transcript
Tennessee Myotonic Goat Arc of Taste Presentation By Josh Standing
Country and Region
Texas (Large sized goats)
Eastern US (Small Sized Goats)
No one really knows their origin.
There are two theories.
One of the possibilities is that a private herd sold to a Tennessee farmer around 1880 was the beginning of the breed. A man named John Tinsley moved to Tennessee with four goats brought from Nova Scotia. When he moved on a year later, he left his goats behind.
Second Theory – Genetic Mutation in 1885 which resulted in the recessive gene.
The American Livestock Breed Conservancy has placed this breed of goat on their "rare" list, with an estimated world population of under 10,000.
They have now been discovered as excellent crossbreed stock for the Boer goat, a meat goat which was imported from South Africa. The "fainting" gene is recessive, therefore it is usually not expressed in crossbred animals.
Myotonic goats which have been selected for meat production are heavy rumped, deep chested animals.
They breed seasonally, are easy kidders and have good milk production.
Many breeders have noted the breed has the capability to produce two kiddings a year.
They are good mothers so in most cases a bonding pen is not needed.
Since they are not good climbers and jumpers they are somewhat easier to keep than other goats.
Key Figures in Survival
American Meat Goat Association
International Fainting Goat Association
1989 by a group of people who appreciated the Fainting Goat as a breed and wished to see them preserved