Myotonic 0r Tinsley Goats
The origin of the breed.
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The folk law about the early American beginnings goes something like this.
In 1880, an old man named Tinsley appeared in Marshall County, Tennessee. He brought with him a sacred cow, and four goats that stiffened and sometimes fell over if startled. He wore strange clothing and where he was from remains a mystery to this day. He worked in Marshall County for a year, then sold his goats to Dr. Mayberry. Shortly thereafter, Tinsley left one night and was never heard from again. The heavily muscled goats were later classified as a meat breed and highly prized for their muscle composition. Debbie Cassidy has written an extensive article in the American Fainting Goat Organisation, site that helps put the myotonic goat in its historical context . For a more comprehensive discription of the breed origins go to by Debbie Cassidy's article.
Myotonic goats are known by many colorful names such as Nervous goats, Wooden-Leg, Fainting goats and Tennessee Meat goats. They all carry the recessive gene for Myotonia Congenita. Myotonia acts as an isometric exercise for their muscles, such as a professional body-builder would have. By having Myotonia, they have powerful muscular bodies.
The term "Fainting goats" is used quite often. However it is not an accurate term to describe myotonia. Myotonic goats do not pass out or lose consciousness as in fainting. Instead, they remain awake and alert through the stiffening of their muscles. However, some people do choose to refer to them in this manner. Myotonia occrs in the muscle fiber... not as a function of the central nervous system and causes no problem for the goats. In no way should myotonia be considered a defect in goats.
Myotonic goats are a distinctly landrace breed, which means that they have adapted to fit the local conditions in which they evolved. Having no dairy influence and being very muscular, they are 100% MEAT goats.
Bending Tree Ranch Red Cloud
MGR B2600 IFGA P-86180-H
Doublejett Gomer's Sargeant
MGR A5227 PI 14500
S&L Farms Wyatt Earp
Sire: S&L Farms King One A1545
(by: Gowan’s Chester & Gowan’s Daisy)
Dam: S&L Farms Tundra 7537-P
HALR Red Cajon
Cajon is a buck I am keen to recreate. He is a Grand Sire to many of the imported embyro kids. His width of chest and bone structure are that of a meat sire. If you don't have round bone for muscle fibre attachment in a sire, you can't maximise meat production.
Give me a "non feminine" doe any day over some pretty long necked show winner.
For the same purpose of making a meat animal, give me an Australorp over a leghorn any day.
When the Boer is lightly infused into the Myotonic.
IWhen they are sensibly crossed with emphasis on the Boer Breed type..
The beginning of
The Contender Meat Goat
But... when they are sensibly crossed with emphasis on the Boer or Rangeland goat, there is a certain magic.
These are non stabilized first cross
When the myotonic is lightly infused into the Boer.