MYOTONIC GOATS Freedom Fainters is a family affair By Rodney Davis

On a 50-acre farm in central Missouri you will find Angie Rogers enjoying her Myotonic goats at Freedom Fainters 365. Angie is an elementary assistant principal of a large 3rd and 4th grade build- ing in Camdenton during the day but spends her evenings involved with her Myotonic goats.

“I grew up in Kansas and was raised around Quarter Horses. My husband grew up around Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri and is an avid hunter and fisherman,” she said. “We don’t have what I consider to be a farming background even though my husband spent a lot of time working on a large cattle farm during his teens.” Angie’s husband, Boone, is a physical therapist who serves as a regional director for rehabilitation services. “We work the goats every evening and during kidding season we check both morning before work and in the evenings. If we an- ticipate a need for help with the herd, we are fortunate to have both sets of parents close by to check on them or help out.” As many farms do, Freedom Fainters 365 started when one of the children wanted goats. But in this situation, Myotonics were a means to an end for this youngster. “When my youngest son Will was 12, he came to us and asked to start raising Myotonics. He wanted to buy a truck when he turned 16 and so we sat down to create a business plan,” Angie said. “Given his patriotic heart, the name Freedom Fainters 365 was an easy name for the farm.”

And from the beginning, grandparents were involved. “Will’s grandmother was already raising Myotonics and offered to give him six does to start with. His first year he made $700 and turned around and purchased three more does,” Angie said. “In no time at all, our herd went from 6 to 11 to 25 does — the wonders of goat math!” And Will reached his goal, buying a 2014 Chevy Silverado when he turned 16.

“My husband and son help with fencing and goat wrangling when needed, but otherwise I handle everything else. I didn’t expect to fall in love with Myotonics myself,” Angie said.

Low maintenance was an attraction

Angie knew that their busy schedules would not allow for high- maintenance livestock, so she was drawn to Myotonics for several reasons. First was the need for naturally healthy stock with good par-

Freedom Fainters Rebel is the family’s first show doe.

asite resistance. Docility was next on the list and the Myotonics fit well because they are easy to work with, enjoy attention and don’t damage fences.

Having good maternal traits is a must for any herd, and Angie says that over the past five years there has been only one bottle baby. “The maternal instincts are on point,” she said. “All of my does who have birthed triplets have been able to feed them on their own without help.”

And of course, having those distinctive heads with the “bug” eyes and muscular structures didn’t hurt either. “The icing on the cake might just be that I never know what the kid colors are going to be. I find that fascinating,” she added.

Family runs deep at Freedom Fainters 365. “Most of our does and bucks came from my mother-in-law’s and nieces’s farms, who have been raising the breed for a good 10 years or so. Located in mid- Missouri as well, my mother-in-law recently retired from breeding at Lit’l Acre’s Fainters. My nieces’ farm, Triple M’s Lil Fainters, con- tinues to produce Myotonics.”

Other farms that have had the most influence on Angie’s herd

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