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NEWS UPDATE!!! 

We just added 6 adult Does and a Buckling from Tennessee to our Myotonic herd, pictures coming soon.


  Thank you for visiting Olde Heritage Ranch and thanks for your interest in our Myotonic Goats which are often incorrectly referred to as "Fainting Goats".  Olde Heritage Ranch is located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains near Mansfield, Missouri. 

For three generations our family has been involved with various goat breeds such as Nubian Goats, Boer Goats, Spanish Meat Goats and Pygmy Goats beginning with our grandfather who was a bit of a "Goat Trader".  I personally began hand milking and caring for a small herd of dairy goats daily at
twelve years of age.

For the last several years at Olde Heritage Ranch our passion and focus has become the Myotonic Meat Goat or Tennessee Fainting Goat. 

The correct name of the breed is "Myotonic Goat".  A misleading but common term used for this breed of goat however is "Fainting Goat" but the goats do not actually truly faint but rather "stiffen" due
to their muscles freezing for roughly 10 seconds when the goat feels panic or is startled.  Though painless, this condition generally results in the Myotonic Goat collapsing or "fainting" on its side. 

This breed specific characteristic is caused by a hereditary genetic disorder called myotonia congenita. When startled, younger Myotonic Goats will stiffen and fall over however older Myotonic Goats learn to spread their legs or lean against something when startled, and often they continue to run about in an awkward, stiff-legged shuffle.

In short the Myotonic Goat is a rare landrace breed of meat goat that is recognized and registered by the International Fainting Goat Association and the Myotonic Goat Registry.  The Myotonic or Fainting Goat has enjoyed an explosion of popularity over the last 10 years or so due in part to the public becoming ever so more aware of this wonderful breed of goat.  The Myotonic Goat breed is praised for its meat attributes, improved parasite resistance, easier containment and fantastic pet qualities.

The Myotonic Goats have been carefully preserved over the last 40 years plus by dedicated breeders, many of those continue their efforts to breed and preserve this historical heritage breed of goat today. 

Olde Heritage Ranch has over 25 years of passionate animal husbandry and breeding knowledge.  We believe that through thoughtful selective breeding, health screening, hard work and dedication we can produce outstanding Myotonic Goats that possess all of the desired breed traits.

The priorities of our Myotonic Meat Goat breeding program are simple, we are committed and resolute to applying our 25 plus years of breeding experience and knowledge to establishing great herd genetics and reproducing the best Myotonic Goats that we're capable of.

We at Olde Heritage Ranch have made a commitment to the Myotonic Meat Goat and we believe that through thoughtful selective breeding, health screening, hard work and dedication that the Myotonic or Fainting Goat of today can be preserved and even improved upon. 
 

 

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