Duffy Fainting Goat Farm
My wife and I started a new adventure in life spring of 2010. We both love animals and somehow found our way to goats. The goats found a way into our hearts.
We decided on Myotonic goats and purchased six kids, two bucks, three does, and a wether. At that point we were hooked on goats and had more love to give. This led us to expand and it has not stopped since.
We have also expanded into breeding Great Pyrenees dogs and Great Pyrenees mix Livestock Guardian dogs.
This adventure has been a lot of hard work, but worth every minute of it. Goats are the most amazing, adorable, and funny creatures.
We love our goats and dogs and strive to produce
quality kids and Great Pyrenees pups for all to enjoy.
In the early 1800's a strangely dressed migrant farmer named Tinsley appeared in Marshall County Tennessee with four goats and a sacred cow. Folklore states after a failed relationship, Tinsley packed up and left town taking only his sacred cow. The goats were sold to Dr. H.H. Mayberry who recognized their unique traits and began breeding them.
This unique genetic trait is called Myotonia which causes the goat to stiffen up and fall over if startled or surprised. It does not hurt the goat and the effect only lasts for 10-15 seconds and goes away.
Folklore also states due to this unique genetic trait the goats were used as sacrificial lambs alongside other livestock so they would fall pray to predators and not the more valuable livestock.
This led to the near extinction of myotonic goats. In 1988 they were declared endangered and put on the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy's Watch List.
The Myotonic goat has since become popular as a pet due to their easy keeping and fun loving personality, not to mention their ability to "faint."
Myotonic goats are known as Fainting, Nervous, Stiff Leg, Wooden Leg, and Tennessee Scare Goats. We refer to them as Myotonics or Fainters.