Saturday, October 8, 2011

Myotonic Goat Registry World Grand Champion

Woody Creek Farm WLS Hot Rod owned by Debbie Mullin of Petersburg, Tenn., was selected World Grand Champion at Saturday's Myotonic Goat Registry show, the highlight of the Goats, Music & More Festival this weekend in Lewisburg, Tenn.

The fainting goat shows on Friday and Saturday drew a lot of interest and actually had more entries and spectators that the Boer goat shows next door. Lewisburg is located in Marshall County, which is the undisputed home of the myotonic breed, often called stiff-legs or nervous goats. These goats have a condition called myotonia congenita, which causes their muscles to lock up when they are excited. This continuous tensing of their muscles works like isometric exercise to develop unusually muscular animals. 

The goat shows were sponsored by the Myotonic Goat Registry, a 600-member strong organization dedicated to preserving the myotonic genetics. More on the history of the American-based breed and a complete roundup of the weekend's activities will be featured in the November issue of Goat Rancher. If you are not already a subscriber, click here.

More photos from the shows are below. Notice the many shapes, sizes and colors of the myotonic goats. 

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