Duffy Fainting Goat Farm
Nigerian Dwarf Goats
5657 Ellicott Street Rd.
East Bethany, N.Y. 14054
In the early 1800's a strangely dressed migrant farmer named Tinsley appeared in Marshall County Tennessee with four goats and a sacred cow. Folklore states after a failed relationship, Tinsley packed up and left town taking only his sacred cow. The goats were sold to Dr. H.H. Mayberry who recognized their unique traits and began breeding them.
This unique genetic trait is called Myotonia which causes the goat to stiffen up and fall over if startled or surprised. It does not hurt the goat and the effect only lasts for 10-15 seconds and goes away.
Folklore also states due to this unique genetic trait the goats were used as sacrificial lambs alongside other livestock so they would fall pray to predators and not the more valuable livestock.
This led to the near extinction of myotonic goats. In 1988 they were declared endangered and put on the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy's Watch List.
The Myotonic goat has since become popular as a pet due to their easy keeping and fun loving personality, not to mention their ability to "faint."
Myotonic goats are known as Fainting, Nervous, Stiff Leg, Wooden Leg, and Tennessee Scare Goats. We refer to them as Myotonics or Fainters.
Nigerian Dwarf History
The Nigerian Dwarf goat is a miniature dairy goat breed of West African ancestry. Originally brought to the United States on ships as a food source for large cats such as lions and tigers while being shipped to zoos. The surviving goats became part of the exhibits at the zoos.
It was reported as early as 1918 that West African Dwarf goats were imported to the United States,but the first import documents for these goats are from the 1930's.The West African Dwarf became known as the Pygmy.
Through the years breeders of Pygmy goats observed differences in the breed and suspected that there was actually two different breeds. The shorter legged, heavier bodied, round bone animals known today as a Pygmy, and the more refined, angular animal that has become today’s Nigerian Dwarf.
Due to their loving nature and small stature, the Nigerian Dwarf goat has become a popular pet and dairy goat. There rise in popularity has led to there status as recovering on the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy's Watch List.
My wife and I started a new
adventure in life spring of 2010.
We both love animals and
somehow found our way to
goats. The goats found a way
into our hearts.
We first decided on Myotonic
goats and purchased six kids,
two bucks, three does, and a
wether. At that point we were
hooked on goats and had more
love to give. This led us to
expand into another breed.The
Nigerian Dwarf goat was our
next step. We found ourselves
two bucks and three does. We also have bantam easter egger chickens and Great Pyrenees dogs.
This adventure has been a lot of hard work, but worth every minute of it. Goats are the most amazing, adorable, and funny creatures.
We love our goats and dogs and we strive to produce quality kids and Great Pyrenees pups for all to enjoy.