Merrythought Farm

Tennessee Fainting Goats

fgbillyftwo.jpgThere are numerous sites to read about the history of the Fainting goat.  Shortened version...several Fainting goats passed through middle TN with an old man.  He traded them to a local and passed on his way.  This was in the late 1800's we believe. Above you'll see "Taylor's Billy" showing off his myotonic trait.
Then there is the story about the army which was on maneuvers in the country and as the General passed a field all the goats fell over.  Thinking that they had done something to kill them, he contacted the owner and paid for all the "dead" goats.  Next time he came through the goats were all well and healthy.
I have raised about eight different goat breeds and still my all time favorite is the Fainter.  There are many reasons but a few are:
Easy kidders, small kids weighing 4-6 pounds.
Excellent mothering skills.
Parasite resistant.
Hooves good, needing trimming about 1-2 times/year.
"Cast iron" stomach, can eat just about anything.
Tame and loving as babies although may get more "stand-offish" when grown.
I have never had a wild one.
Come in all colors and blue eyes too.
They can be short or long haired.
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fgbrighq.jpgFainters are a medium sized goat, heavily muscled.  They are considered a meat breed.  They mature very slowly, taking 3-4 years.  Besides the myotonia (fainting) they have distinct broad faces, "bug" eyes and ears almost horizontal but leaning forward.  They are quiet and polite---never rushing to gang up on you at feeding time.  Bridget, who's twin doelings are pictured above, is herd queen and 13 years old.

Fainting Goat Herd Photos!

"Billy Buster" is Sr. herd sire and the last remaining son of "Billy" who was the greatest buck at fainting that ever lived.

Junior herd sire

Shelby and Chloe!


Nora Jo!
Is this a "fainting" or what??



"They all fall down"
Daniel's story is rare considering Fainter does are renown for being good mothers, but it proves there's exceptions to every rule.
"Favorite Place"
I'll have you know this isn't my kid.  It belongs to a goat.  A female goat.  A female who has decided motherhood is not in her line of work.  I tried to reason with her, (Carrie Sue, that is)  telling her I already raised four of my own and it was her goatly, motherly duty to do the same.  But, as luck would have it, Daniel lived in the house from November till April.  You really can't get much done with a 9", 3 lb. critter chewing on your pantleg.  As he jumps and prances thru the house he makes puddles faster than the mop brigade can keep up.
I worry that he won't live.....but in two weeks I'll be afraid he WILL.   After his bottle, he comes to be rocked and cuddles trustingly down in my arms, legs dangling.  He squeezes his face under my chin, gives my neck a couple of experimental sucks, and soon I hear tiny snores as he drifts off to  dreamland.  Ah, sweet motherhood!  The precious gift of new life has come to Merrythought Farm once again.  And I smile.......remembering my own.
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Merrythought Farm
Barbara Fischer
HCR-62  Box  337
Calico Rock,  AR  72519