By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post
Ever witnessed a goat faint?
Locals have two chances to interact with Myotonic or fainting goats at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center on Saturday, April 13. The International Fainting Goat Association is kicking off their show season with two shows in Lebanon, at 9 a.m. and at 1 p.m.
Linda Harrison of Blessed Green Pastures said that for a number of years, the Tennessee Fainting Goat was listed as an endangered breed; however, through the efforts of breeders and the IFGA, fainting goats have been listed as recovering from endangerment by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.
Yes these goats fall over, but there is much more to this breed than falling down. They are an easy tempered goat that is hardy and much easier to keep inside fences since they dont tend to jump or climb like other breeds, she explained. Many are attracted to the novelty of the breed, but there is so much more to love about them than that. Serious breeders do not make their goats faint for fun it just happens naturally when they are startled.
Other than being owned as pets, these goats are bred for their meat. They are classified as a meat breed often having a better meat to fat ratio than other meat breeds, Harrison said. Hard to beat a goat that can be a meat goat, makes a great pet, is easy to care for and you know you are helping preserve a breed deemed as an American breed.
Breeders, including Harrison, from all over Tennessee, as far north as Illinois and Michigan and as far south as Florida will venture to Wilson County for the upcoming show. These shows are a great change to meet other breeders and also to introduce this breed to the public. Every breeder will be happy to share their knowledge and enthusiasm, she added.