Fainting Goats to you and me … well Rhonda of Albom Adventures alerted me to them in her comment on my F for Feral Goat post I wrote as part of my series “Aspects of British County Rare Breeds”. I couldn’t not find out more could I? … so you get a bran tub post!
To me … it seems an extraordinary condition … the goat’s muscles freeze for roughly 3 seconds when the goat feels panic.
Young goats tend to ‘keel’ over, while older goats have learnt to spread their legs or lean against something when startled …
|Poor goats ... stiff legged ...|
… this can leave them for a while with an awkward, stiff-legged shuffle - giving us humans another way of describing them … ‘wooden-legged goats’ … or no doubt many a description!
But symptoms can affect humans too – so often there’s that interlink - but I’ll leave you to investigate ‘myotonia’ … it’s a symptom of a small handful of certain neuromuscular disorders characterised by delayed relaxation (prolonged contraction) of the skeletal muscles after voluntary contraction or electrical stimulation.
|Tennessee - Lewisburg, home of the fainting goats is near the|
Alabama border: about where the 'C' of Chattanooga is shown
Back to fainting goats (wooden-legged goats) … they are classified as a meat goat as opposed to a dairy goat, but can be raised for chevon (goat meat).
Referencing the British Rare Breeds Survival Trust as my April posts highlighted – this rare breed falls under The Livestock Breed Conservancy of America (ALBC) – and thus is being protected.
|Marshall County Courthouse|
Tennessee seems to be the centre for these goats, where in October there is an annual “Goats, Music and More Festival” honouring the fainting goats …
Marshall County puts on this festival, centred on goats, but has activities including music, arts, festival games, crafts, food (of course!), and children’s activities … sounds like fun.
|The logo c/o the Festival site|
How do I finish a post like this … ah! a link to South Africa … I see on the Goats Music and More site that the judges are described as Boer judges – after my time in SA … that is where ‘the boer’ is an Afrikaans farmer.
|Matt Gillan - with his winning dish for Great British|
Menu in 2015. He told the important story of the goat
to the islanders of St Helena (see my post)
Yet the introduced Boer goat has been discovered as an excellent crossbreed stock for the fainting one, a meat goat which was imported from South Africa … the fainting gene is recessive, therefore it is usually not expressed in crossbred animals.
|Jerk Goat Kebabs with dried mango|
Albom Adventures – Rhonda’s blog highlighting ‘The Essence of Travel Through Photography’ …
Marshall County’s link to the Goats, Music and More Festival in Tennessee …
That's it for fainting goats - can't quite get over this Bran Tub find!
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