Lost Acres Ranch is located in Pettis County Missouri. Athough we have raised cattle for years we were looking for something more "hands on" and available for our granddkids to interact with. We began raising Myotonic Fainting Goats, after reading about the breed in a Missouri agricultural paper. We started doing research and visiting farms and immediatily fell in love with these wonderful little creatures because they are healthy, and make good pets and companions. Myotonic goats do not jump, so they are easy to keep in, and then, of course, there is the "fainting".
It is our goal to raise healthy, happy, well adjusted goats for pets, breeding, or showing. We are working with a great local vet to ensure the health and well-being of our animals. We have purchased our goats from Arkansas, Texas, Virginia, Missouri, and Illinois and have a predominately closed herd now with the exception of the occasional special purchase we may make to strengthen our bloodline. We currenly test for CL and to date all tests have come back negative. We are members of the Myotonic Goat Registry and raise only registered animals.
It is believed the first Myotonic goats were brought to Tennessee by a farm laborer named John Tinsley in the 1800's. They are called many names such as: Myotonic, Tennessee Fainting, Texas Meat, or Texas Wooden Leg Goat. Myotonic goats do not really faint. They have a genectc muscle condition called myotonia. When they are startled or overly excited their muscles experience contractions causing them to stiffen. If the goat loses its balance during the contractions they tip over . Once the muscles relax (usually just a few seconds later) they jump up and are on the go again. The myotonia in no way affects the goats health or causes them pain. It is strictly a muscle condition and does not affect their nervous system or their brain.
Myotonic goats are smaller than standard breeds. They are anywhere from 17 to 25 inches tall and can weigh from 60 to 170 pounds. They have large, prominent eyes in high sockets and come in a variety of colors and eye colors. They can have short or long hair.
Myotonic goats were kept in herds of sheep to protect them. If the herd is startled by a wolf or predator, the sheep can escape while the wolves dine on the stiffened goat! However, the success of this strategy almost led to the extenction of the Myotonic goat.
Each goat has a varying degree of stiffness. This can range from those that are consistently stiff to those who are rarely stiff. Many fall over very easily, others just stiffen in the legs. Either trait is acceptable as proof of the breed.
Myotonic does are known to be easy kidders and for being good moms.
Their genetic condition eliminates some of the perceived negative traits of other goats. Myotonic goats are not prone to feet problems, do not jump or attempt to escape, and are vocal usually only at feeding time.