Updated website on Sept 23, 2016
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.
Arriving since the end of March are 42 purebred myotonic kids, including three sets of triplets. They are sired by Rolling H Ranch Adonis, Bending Tree Ranch Much-A-Do, Wolf River King of the Mountain and Wolf River Mountain Top. We are proud of the genetics at Lookout Mountain Growers. Most of the bucklings are for sale and a few doelings (one of a pair usually). If you are starting or improving a herd, be sure to look here at what genetics can do. Our goal is simple – To have the best Myotonic goats in the southeast and to improve that herd each year.
PLEASE NOTE: For the most part, our myotonic goats exist on pasture and forage, plus our own hay in winter. We do not feed them to make them look thick and muscled. What you see is what they are. These goats are producers, not consumers.
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.