Monday, March 18, 2013

Why I Like My Fainters

I want to thank everyone for their birthday wishes. It's nice having so many friends in Blog Land.  It was a wonderful day. You know, one of those days that you count your blessings and realize just how blessed you really are.

And on another subject, (hehehe) it's time for us to sale our buck. He was a good one for us. Our first actual Myotonic (fainter)buck.

He's the one that started it all for us when it comes to Fainters. I'm gonna miss him but, we will be getting another one soon.

 We just love this breed. They have so many advantages to them. One good thing is they are physically unable to climb up on fences. Their back legs are made so that they can't straighten them all the way out. They are usually pretty docile too. Plus if it ever comes to the point when you have to catch them, and they don't want to come to you for some reason, just scare them. They will stiffen up and fall over! How easy could that be?! :) The "fainting" is not actually fainting. When the goat gets startled, their muscles tense up causing the freezing motion. If they are off balanced they will tip over. That's where they get "fainting."
The does make good mothers too. They have a good amount of milk for the babies and I've never had one reject their kids.

 The Myotonic goats don't gain weight as fast as the bigger Boer goats, but they have a larger meat to bone ratio. When crossed with the larger meat goats, they pass on their massive muscles. Then you have a fast growing goat with great muscles.

 That's what we do. We have full blooded Myotonics and crosses. And, we have a market for both. Next time you are thinking about getting a different type of goat, consider getting a fainter. If nothing else, you will be entertained by them.

I wasn't really expecting this post to be all about my fainting goats, but things just turned out that way. lol

So until next time,

Small Farm Girl, Fainter lover.


Anonymous said...

Hi Farm Girl!

I just love goats in general. I have Pygmys and La Mancha crosses. I've always like Fainters, but have never gotten one. Next time I have the chance to get one (and I'm allowed to get more)I think I'll do it!


Peacemom said...

Hmmm...I'd love to get a little dairy goat, perhaps someday we'll be in the right place for that to happen. YOur buck is quite handsome! ~Vonnie

small farm girl said...

Tay, I think you'll like them. I do! :)

Peacemom, Thank you! I don't know if the fainters are milk goats. I do know that they have a larger udders than some Nigerians I've seen. They might work as a milker.

Candy C. said...

What an impressive set of horns on that fella! Thanks for the info on your Fainters, we don't seem to have any around here.