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  • Can we visit your farm?
    Yes! We love to have visitors on our farm. However, we do require appointments to be set up ahead of time. Please give us a call or send us a message for additional information. At Fainting Hills, we are dedicated to providing a personalized and educational experience for our visitors. By scheduling appointments, we can ensure that we have the time and resources available to give you the best possible tour and answer any questions you may have about our farm operations, our animals, and what we do here. We look forward to sharing our passion for farming with you!
  • When can I pick up my goats from Fainting Hills?
    A: You can pick up your goats from Fainting Hills when they reach at least 3 months of age and have received their initial vaccinations. We believe in ensuring the health and well-being of our goats before they are ready to go to their new homes, so this timeline allows for proper care and development before they are ready to leave our farm. This ensures that you will be receiving healthy and well-adjusted goats for your own farm or homestead. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we prioritize the welfare of our animals.
  • What forms of payment does Fainting Hills accept?
    At Fainting Hills, we accept major credit cards through our website for your convenience. We also accept cash, checks, and money orders. Please note that we require cash or credit cards to be used to pay any additional balance at the time of pickup. If you prefer to pay by check, we kindly ask that you allow 7 days for us to process it. We strive to provide a variety of payment options to suit our customers' needs. If you have any questions about payment, feel free to contact our friendly staff for assistance.
  • What type of goats do you breed?
    At Fainting Hills, we only breed myotonic goats.
  • History
    s bizarre as this may sound, these goats have actually served an historical purpose. Shepherds often kept the goats in with their flocks as insurance in case a predator would attacks. The theory went something like this- as wolves would come down from the hills to attack a flock of sheep, the goats would become startled and they would faint. The sheep would make a clean getaway, as the wolves would focus on the stunned goats rather than follow the fleeing sheep. It was not that good if you were a goat, but the sheep liked it. This breed has several names- the most common are Myotonic, Tennessee Fainting, Nervous, stiff-legged etc. The names refer specifically to Myotonia congenita, a condition in which the muscle cells experience extended contraction when the goat is startled. The temporary stiffness related with these contractions can cause the goat to stop moving, stiffen, and even fall down. The actual degree of stiffness may vary widely from goat to goat and is based on a number of factors, including age, species purity, and degree of fright. The breed's recorded history (as much as I know) reaches back to the 1880's, when a farm worker named John Tinsley brought four of them to Tennessee. Not much is known about Tinsley, though he is reported to have come from Nova Scotia. The breed soon became popular throughout the region, thanks to three major factors. First, they are less prone to climbing, therefore less escapes. Second, they have a higher degree of muscularity than their non-fainting relatives do. Finally yet importantly, they have a high reproductive rate usually two or more to a litter.
  • What is Myotonia?
    Myotonia is the condition that causes Fainting goats to stiffen and/or fall over when startled. This condition is caused by a combination of recessive genes. Fainting goats can show varying degrees of Myotonia. When startled some will fall to the ground with their entire bodies perfectly stiff and rigid. Others will only stiffen in their limbs and not fall to the ground. The condition lasts for ten to fifteen seconds after which time the animal will rise and walk off stiff, still showing a noticeable degree of stiffness in their back limbs. After a short time this stiffness will disappear and they will walk and act like any other goat. This condition only affects their external muscles so while in a Myotonic state the animal is fully conscious and aware of its surroundings. In no way does this condition affect their life span and with proper care.
  • Where did they originate?
    Their origin has been hunted after by a number of people but it only traces back to the early 1800's when a farm worker appeared in Marshall County, Tennessee, with three does and a buck that fainted. It was thought by the way he dress that he might have come from Nova Scotia. He was a quiet man and wouldn't talk to anyone so whatever he knew will remain a secret forever. He eventually moved from Marshall County but before he did he sold his goats to Dr. H. H. Mayberry. Luckily, Dr. Mayberry bred them and tried his best to research their history. He could find no proof of such a breed anywhere else in the world. He was convinced they were a breed because their unique traits are hereditary.
  • Other interesting information
    All colors, combinations, patterns, and markings seem to exist. Hair coats can vary from short to long, with many animals producing a noticeable amount of cashmere during the winter months.
  • Videos
Kid Feeding Goats
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