the farm.”

Being a self-proclaimed research nerd, Angie breeds her goats by tracking everything on a spreadsheet. From gestation dates to pair- ing outcomes to future crosses, Angie is constantly reflecting on what pairs give the best quality kids and which need to be reconsidered. “At Freedom Fainters, our focus is on larger bodied, well-built goats. If our goats are not growing to desired sizes, then we offer these to other breeders who are looking for smaller frames. We do take into consideration when breeding polled to polled, horned to horned and polled to horned. Our market looks for all kinds and we want to be able to meet that demand.” Angie only breeds her does once a year. “We want them to be able to bounce back after a kidding season and go into their next pregnancy at 100 percent.” This has worked well for them and Angie has no intention of

changing this up.

Management is key when raising any breed of goat. Angie de- scribes how their goats are managed: “Our herd is not kept on a dry lot. They have access to about 40 acres of pasture throughout the year. We rotate our pastures to help minimize parasite issues and use hay from our own property when needed.”

Angie works to keep their website up to date and can also be found on Facebook. “We are members of the Myotonic Goat Registry and I have helped with promoting the annual Southern Belle Classic Show (lo- cated in June in Missouri) and have served as show secretary for the past three years.”

Angie is also representing the breed and speaking at the Mid- west Buck Sale in June.

“While I am not on the board, I meet monthly with it as they work towards promoting and organizing the event.” As most goat breeders know, raising goats takes dedication, time and a passion for the animal.

“I have many people in my community ask how I can keep up with my full-time job and raising Myotonics. My answer is simple. I enjoy doing it. It brings me great joy and I don’t look at it as a chore. It helps provide me an outlet from the busyness and craziness that the world throws at us from time to time. I guess raising goats is my little sanctuary in many ways and I am grateful for that.”

Myotonics are a truly American

breed with no dairy influence By Rodney Davis

In a day when everything seems to be imported from other countries, there are a few things that we can point to that are truly American made. In the goat industry we have South African Boer Goats and New Zealand Kikos as well as many others. But America can claim its own unique goat breed, the Myotonic goat. And just like many things in America, it holds a unique history. The history of the Myotonic goat begins in Marshall County,

Tenn., in the 1880s when a stranger named John Tinsley came to the farm of J.M. Porter with a cow and four strange goats in tow. Dr. H.H. Mayberry offered to purchase the goats but Tinsley refused. Later, however, a deal was struck and Mayberry became the owner of these unique animals.

From these original goats, many lines have sprung up. Some possibly crossed with other native goats in the areas where they were raised and others kept pure in their type. Eventually Myotonics found

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