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Myotonic goats are known by many colorful names such as Nervous goats, Wooden-Leg, Fainting goats, Tennessee Myotonic and the Tennessee 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. Our Tennessee goats have deep, wide bodies and reflect the barrel shape and build of a true meat breed animal.
Myotonic goats are a distinctly landrace breed, which means that they have adapted to fit the local conditions in which they live. Having no dairy influence and being very muscular, they are 100% MEAT goats. Myotonia occurs 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.
EARLY AMERICAN BEGINNINGS
THE 'HALR' LINE HISTORY
In the early 1960's, in Lexington, Tennessee our family started raising nervous/fainting goats. We have specialize in raising the Tennessee Myotonic goats for several years now. In the mid to late 80's we went to Marshall County, Tennessee to Walker Estate and purchased Mr. Walkers herd and soon after that the International Fainting Goat Association was formed. We never crossed them with any other breed of goat and kept the line pure. We bred for the best conformation and culled heavily. HALR is our herd name and it stands for Hayes & Autry Livestock Ranch.
For more information or to view these beautiful and magnificent animals, contact the farm for an appointment and directions. Autry Farms is located in Darden TN.
Wes Autry at 731-549-0210 , or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org