Myotonia Congenita is a hereditary neuro- muscular condition.  It causes something like a reverse adrenalin action on the muscles when the animal is startled.  When the goats become excited or startled, they experience a very temporary stiffening of the muscles. The stiffening lasts a few seconds and then passes, it is painless to the goat.  One of the best benefits of having Myotonia is the building of heavy muscling which is desired by meat goat breeders.  The goats work well in crossbreeding programs for meat production. Myotonia is a hereditary gene, but typically the first generation crosses to other breeds are not Myotonic but will carry the gene. However, most of the second generation and later crosses to other breeds are typically Myotonic. 

When the Tennessee goats were put on the American Minor Breed Conservatory Watch list in 1988, it set off a breeding frenzy.  Few remained, and many throughout the country bred and perpetuated these goats for the "fainting" characteristic.  As a result, there are Myotonic goats that resemble the Dairy, Pygmy, Nigerian Dwarf and Brush goat breeds.  These goats display the bone structure, hair, and other features of these breeds.  Some efforts have also favored extreme stiffness and small size for the exotic pet industry. The majority around the country bred for the exotic trade are miniature in size. The old type Tennessee goats were classified as a well-muscled, medium size meat goats.  It is told the originals were black and white. 



The Myotonic goats have many great qualities. Ours are aseasonal breeders with a common 200% kidding ratio. They have excellent mothering instincts and are easy kidders. Testing by the Universities has shown some genetic resistance to the stomach worms. Myotonic goats are efficient browsers and require little supplemental feeding to maintain their condition. They are hardy, converting extra feed into muscle and mass. Testing has also revealed a better meat-to-bone ratio than other breeds of goats. These characteristics are transmitted to some degree in the crossbred offspring. This gives both the bucks and does an important role in todays industry. They cross well with other breeds and a Myotonic Meat buck will help put meat and muscling back on other breeds of goats. They excel in the role of crossbreeding programs aimed at meat production. Mature goats are a heavy meat animal, resembling the Boer breed in build. They are quiet and non-destructive.


If your tired of wrestling goats, building catch pens, and dread worming schedules- then the Myotonic meat goat is for you!!  Myotonic goats are calm, gentle, easy to catch and do not jump.  Our myotonic goats have deep, wide bodies and are very muscular.  They are hardy and quiet and are a pleasure to work with and own.  The Myotonic goats are one of only two goat breeds indigenous to America.  Become a part of raising and preserving these old, unique goats!

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