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The Goat Newsletter, 2008 Issue No.11
April 28, 2008

The Latest Goat News


Its been a busy few days on our goat farm, our 5 Kalahari red does have all kidded with twins, all are doing well. Two of our high quality stud Boer fullblood does have also kidded


Meat goat sale

The Northern California Meat Goat Association will be hosting its 6th annual goat pen sale Saturday, May 3, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tehama County Fairgrounds in Red Bluff. The public is invited to learn about raising meat goats and meat-goat production. The pen sale gives goat producers from all over California and neighboring states the opportunity to sell by private treaty live goats directly to the public. It will give the public a chance to purchase replacement, breeding, show and commercial market class stock. In addition to the large number of goat products on display, several knowledgeable members of the goat association will be on hand to answer questions and share with those interested in getting into the fast growing market. For more information, call Sheri at (530) 365-8543.

Hard work pays for Jamnapuri goat breeders

After nine years and a lot of hard work, three brothers will soon be importing 50,000 goats from Myanmar for sale to agencies and individuals here. Mohd Rezal, Mohd Zabri and Mohd Hashim Ayub have also succeeded in taking trade between Malaysia and Myanmar to a new level. The RM30.5 million deal will involve the purchase of individual goats at between RM600 and RM620 each. The first batch of 1,500 Jamnapuri goats will arrive later this month. Rezal, who is Intan Farm (M) Sdn Bhd executive director, said the goats were affordable and expected to adjust well to Malaysian weather. "We see the project as something very appropriate, given the common elements in weather and the affordability of the goats," he said.

The remaining 48,500 goats will be sent from Thilawa Port, Myanmar, to Lumut, Perak, in stages over the next two years. Rezal added that the goats would be distributed to agencies and individuals interested in breeding them. Intan Farm will work with Syarikat Dagang Ritz Sdn Bhd and Raz Intan Industries in the distribution process. Rezal said the brothers had been drawn to the livestock industry by their grandfather's experience in the field through the Hameed Farm in Ulu Bernam that opened in 1940. The company also runs Intan Farm (Myanmar) Manufacturing and Industry Co Ltd in Yangon, where it has been breeding Jamnapuri goats for nine years

Goats and Conservation in Washington State

Many Northwest forests are becoming endangered and native plants are being overtaken by invasive species. Residents in one Kirkland neighborhood are now fighting to save their little piece of forest. The native forest of Kirkland's Cottonhill Park is dying. The trees are being choked by ivy and the native bushes and tree seedlings smothered by other invasive plants. Residents have teamed up with the city to hire goats and 60 goats will arrive for three days weed-a-thon on invasive plants.

Fainting Goats Show

Ancient Valley Ranch and Mystic Valley Ranch has just held the 1st California Show featuring the unique Tennessee Myotonic (fainting) Goat on April 26th at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds. This is the first time these goats have been shown east of the Mississippi River. Tennessee Myotonic Goats, also known as fainting goats, wooden-legged, stiff-legged, nervous, and Tennessee scare goats, have a condition known as Myotonia which causes them to stiffen and/or fall over when startled. This condition lasts for 10-15 seconds after which time the goat gets up and walks off stiff-legged. This stiffness soon disappears and they will walk and act normally. This condition only affects their external muscles, so while in a myotonic state the animal is fully conscious and fully aware of its surroundings. The condition does not hurt the goat in any way. This unique Tennessee breed was first documented in the 1880s when a farm worker named Tinsley arrived in Marshall County, Tenn., with three nannies and a billy that fainted. Tinsley was thought to have come from Nova Scotia. Shepherds often kept the goats in with their flocks as insurance in case of predator attacks. The theory was that wolves would come down from the hills to attack a flock of sheep, the goats would become startled and faint and the sheep would escape. Some say this is where the term scapegoat comes from. For further information call Sue Johnson at 661-824-1516

Rustling ancient Irish goat herds

They are one of County Clare's oldest residents but there are fears that the feral goats of the Burren are under threat from rustling. In the latest incident 50 animals were removed early on Saturday, and campaigners believe they are most likely destined for the meat trade. Goats have a close association with the Burren, and it is thought that they were first introduced by Neolithic farmers 4,000 years ago. Many of the animals loose on the Burren are more recent additions, imported dairy stock abandoned by their owners in the 1970s during changes in farming practice. There was a clearance of 5,000 animals six years ago to address the problem, but there have been recent instances of more animals being taken. A spokesman for the Old Irish Goat Society said that the native type tended to be smaller, wirier and not white, like the imported Swiss strain.

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