'Fainting' goats a specialty at Kentucky farm

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by Renee Murphy

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 6:37 PM

SULPHUR, Ky. (WHAS11) – We’ve seen goats before but probably none like those featured at Goat Hill Farm.

Nestled near the Henry-Trimble County line, this farm specializes in the breeding of Myotonic goats.

These cute and cuddly baby goats happen to have a genetic characteristic known as “Myotonia Congenita”, which means their muscles stiffen up and they faint.
 
"They are called Myotonic goats.  They have a condition which is in humans but this particular breed just has it.  Their origins go back to the 1800's when a man just showed up in Marshall County Tennessee,” Kathy Jacobs of Goat Hill Farm said.
 
"When they get started or excited they tend to lock up and what it is is lactic acid and some tip some don't."
 
You can’t predict when the fainting will happen or for how long.

The fainting doesn't harm them or cause any side effects.  It’s a strange trait for a gentle and calm goat.
 
To see the goats for yourself you check out Goat Hill Farms website www.goathillfarm.net
 

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