B's Barn Curly ( Black & White-Blue eyes ) in a Myotonic state
Welcome to our web site! I'm glad you stopped by. You'll find lots of facts about us and our Fainting goats here.
Kids in the sun
Our farm is located in Burkesville, Cumberland County, Kentucky, in the south central region of the State. We are 12 miles from the Tennessee state line. We are located about 2 1/2 hours from Louisville or Lexington, Kentucky or from Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee.
Our Fainters are registered with the Myotonic Goat Registry because we feel it is important to validate the genetics ( identity) of the Fainters. We need to protect the genetic resources of the Fainter as their numbers are low world wide. We breed by the Breed Standards and we are proud of our quality stock. We breed for blue eyes and have a variety of hair colors and coats. We have polled and horned and our Fainters come in two sizes. We have the small/pet type which weighs at 50 lb. or so. We also have meat industry stock that is in the 80 lb (does ) and up size. We have several genetics and/or farms that our breeding stock have come from.
Fainters are all we raise so we do not have nor raise crossbreeds.
The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy has placed the Fainter on its rare list with fewer than 5,000 Fainters in the global population according to the ALBC.
Fainters are a landrace breed, started in 1880, as far as documentation can tell. A Landrace breed is a local breed. Fainters have a distinctive look in addition to the myotonia gene. Generally they have large and prominent eyes also know as bug-eyed. The predominate color is black & white. We would like you to know that the Fainter is considered parasitic resistant, an easy kidder and good mother, low consumption of food, are considered a quiet breed and make wonderful pets for the family. Fainters are considered a meat goat and their milk can make some wonderful cheeses. Because of their Myotonia they are easy to contain behind a fence.
Come on ma! I want some milk.
MYOTONIA is the condition which causes Fainting goats to stiffen or fall over when startled. This condition lasts for ten to fifteen seconds and then the fainter will rise and walk off stiff. This is caused by a release of a chemical (calcium) in the muscle in which more than is needed is release. In most animals this release of calcium causes us to flee but in the myotonic the amount of calcium causes them to get stiff. After a short time the stiffness disappears and they will walk like any other goat. This myotonic state only affects the goats external muscles, so they are fully conscious and aware while in a faint
There are different degrees of myotonia. Some goats completely fall over and stay down for about 10-15 seconds. Others will not fall down but their legs will become very stiff and rigid making it very hard for them to walk. Most adult myotonic's have learned to brace themselves when the feel the myotonia coming on. Their legs will be stretched out or spread wide apart to balance better with. Kids have been myotonic as early as 4 days old as they get a bit older the myotonia is more prevalent. .
Our kidding season usually starts November and is in full swing by April of the year. We do keep a Waiting List of buyers and recommend that you ask to be placed on our list if you are thinking of purchasing a Fainter from B's Barn Farm. Our kidding season usually starts January and is in full swing by April of the year. We do keep a Waiting List of buyers and recommend that you ask to be placed on our list if you are thinking of purchasing a Fainter from B's Barn Farm.