Myotonic Goats, Why Do They Faint? and Much More! | Goat Journal

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Goat Journal is an all-new publication dedicated to dairy goats and so much more! It’s all the great dairy goat information you’ve come to love — goat milk benefitsmaking goat cheese, or learning how to make goat milk soap — with expanded information on other goats!

In this Issue of Goat Journal:

Why Do Myotonic Goats Faint? By Janet Garman
Myotonic goats were developed and selected over time based on certain qualities. Much of that was determined by the needs of the local population. Some still carry the genes for smaller size. Others have large, curling horns. It’s also common to find fainting goats with very small horns. When startled, the fainting goats appear to stiffen and fall over. The startle reaction in the breed is part of the condition myotonia congenita. The goats with this condition startle easily and their legs stiffen from a lengthy contraction of the leg muscles. But it’s not a true faint. The goat remains conscious and tips over. The reaction can vary widely depending on the goats.

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Pregnant Goat Care By Kate Johnson
It’s that time of year when many goat owners focus on pregnant goat care, as they’re either preparing to breed or have already bred their does. Spring kidding is one of my favorite times of the year on the farm and there is much to do to prepare yourself and your doe for the new arrivals.

Goat Lice: Are Your Goats Lousy? By Karen Kopf
If your goats are biting and scratching, suspect lice. The easiest place to spot goat lice is just behind the foreleg, directly on the skin. Goat lice are very common in winter months, and finding them does not mean you are a bad herdsman. If you don’t see them, it doesn’t mean they are not there.


A Weekend at Rendy By Theresa Miller
I pulled into the 2018 North American Pack Goat Association (NAPgA) Rendezvous nervous and unsure of what to expect. My nervousness lasted about 10 minutes and by the end of the Rendy, as the regulars call it, I didn’t want to leave. Rendezvous is an integral part of the North American Packgoat Association. In fact, the first Rendezvous held in Carson, Washington in 1999, was where the organization was founded. When the Sawtooth National Forest attempted to regulate goat packing, it became obvious that a national organization would be necessary to give goat packers a voice in public land use decisions.

Changes to The IDGR By Peggy Boone
The International Dairy Goat Registry (IDGR) has been a vital resource to goat and sheep producers for more than 30 years. Now it’s under new ownership and transitioning through exciting changes.

Put on a Happy Face! By Tamsin Cooper
Can goats tell the difference between human expressions? Do they care if we look happy or angry? Are they turned off by a frown? Researchers aimed to find out by watching goats at Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats, England, and recording their reactions to photographs of different human expressions. They found that goats approached smiling faces first. The goats clearly demonstrated that they were sensitive to facial expression of human emotions.

Brush Goats

Got Brush? By Marcia V. Stucki
It makes sense to think about other ways (besides giving milk) that goats might contribute on your homestead, farm, or ranch. Brush control is one of those ways. Goats are by nature browsers, meaning that they nibble a little bit of a lot of different plants, if given the opportunity. We can use that instinct to let goats help us with landscape management.

A Guide to Cheese Aging Equipment By Kate Johnson
Once you’ve mastered making soft and fresh cheeses, you may want to progress to pressed and aged cheeses. What kind of cheese aging equipment will you need? With just a few more pieces of equipment and an extra ingredient or two, you can easily master these more complex and delicious cheeses.


More on Keeping Goats from Goat Journal:

• Photo Essay: Pack Goat Rendezvous
• Secret Life of Goats: California’s Surfing Goats
• Breed Profile: Boer Goats
• Just for Fun
• Coming Attractions



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Summer, from the farm Andy’s Acres in Carlton, Minnesota. Photo by Chelsea Dobs Photography.


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