Updated website on Feb 20, 2017
BIG NEWS! MOVING SALE!!
Steve and I have had our farm on the market for almost four years so that we can retire and move to a smaller farm, sell our vrbo vacation rental house, and have a little more free time. We have a contract on the farm and will close on April 24th. We are going to find a smaller farm in North Carolina near our children and grandchildren. Of course we are taking the goats.
Not knowing about the sale, we bred all of the females in November for April 1 kids. So now we will have to move with two ancient horses, two old fussy pet pigs and a herd of goats with two week old babies.
We have about 16 top quality bucklings for sale. Go to For Sale page for more info. You will find some of the best genetics in the country.
Lookout Mountain Growers is an organic, sustainable farm owned and operated by Harriet and Steve O’Rear. The farm is west of Cloudland, Ga., near Mentone, Al., atop beautiful Lookout Mountain. It is part of a privately owned wilderness area in a remote area rife with wildlife and mountain flora. The air is clean and the water clear. For fifteen years, the primary product of LMG has been a herd of superior meat goats. Starting with boers, then trying our kikos, we soon found that myotonics are worm resistant, have good feet, take care of their babies and have the largest bone to meat ratio of any other breed. The are easy to manage and are smart. No more other breeds for us.
Myotonia is the condition that causes Fainting goats to stiffen and/or fall over when startled. This condition is caused by a combination of recessive genes. Fainting goats can show varying degrees of myotonia. When startled some will fall to the ground with their entire bodies perfectly stiff and rigid. Others will only stiffen in their limbs and not fall to the ground. The condition lasts for ten to fifteen seconds after which time the animal will rise and walk off stiff, still showing a noticeable degree of stiffness in their back limbs. After a short time this stiffness will disappear and they will walk and act like any other goat. This condition only affects their external muscles so while in a myotonic state the animal is fully conscious and aware of its surroundings. The condition is partly responsible for the muscling of the “fainting” goats.
Goat condition depends on available forage. Raising goats can be translated to “raising forage”. We spend a lot of time and effort creating and supplying an active soil food web that produces nutrient dense browse. Forage for goats is enhanced by our building up the soil: burning fields, adding organic compost made from manure and hay, spraying fish emulsion rich in minerals (probably the best thing we ever did) and planting legumes such as red clover, kobe lespedeza and vetch. We rotate goats from one area to another so that each plot has a rest period. We follow the rotation pattern with other species to cut down on the worm concentration. We read, learn and try to apply what we think will work. We grow, cut and feed our own hay. No chemical fertilizer. The process is ongoing.