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Fun Facts About Fainting Goats

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 @ 12:12 PM Karen Hood

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Playful, cuddly fainting goats are just one of the many animals you can see at the Petting Farm at Mountain Valley View Farm! Our petting farm is affordable family fun for all ages, and is open year-round for your enjoyment. Come out to our family farm and enjoy some homemade apple cider or delicious hot chocolate while you meet the over 80 species of animal at our petting farm, including many rare, exotic, and endangered breeds! Yes, we’re still open even though it’s December!

Fainting goats, also called myotonic goats, are known for a unique genetic condition (myotonia congenita) that causes their muscles to freeze up for 10 seconds when they are startled. Although painless, this often causes young goats to fall over on their side. Older goats learn to compensate by spreading their legs or leaning against something to maintain their balance.

Fainting goats are usually used as meat goats rather than dairy goats, and are smaller and easier to maintain than most breeds raised for their meat. However, because the breed is listed as threatened by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, they are not used for their meat as often as other breeds, and are considered rare and valuable animals. Their intelligence and friendly nature makes them good pets, and some produce large quantities of cashmere during the cold months. Our fainting goats at Mountain Valley View Farm are used to greet our Petting Farm visitors and are not used for meat.

A visit to our petting farm would make a special family outing this holiday season! Start a new tradition with Mountain Valley View Farm.


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Mountain Valley View Farm, Inc.
Your Source for Northwest Farm Fresh Foods Shipped Worldwide

Main Farm Location:

4301 South Chapman Road
Greenacres, WA 99016-8732
Tel: 509-928-1800 Fax: 509-922-9949

Online Store:
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Mountain Valley View Farm Hours:
Monday – Saturday

8:00 a.m. – Noon; 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Closed Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Other farm hours by advance appointment only.
Please call (509) 928-1800 to schedule an appointment.

Farmer’s Parlor, Inc.

Farm Location:

4229 South Chapman Road
Greenacres, WA 99016-8732
Tel: 509-928-2858 / Fax: 509-922-9949

Showroom Office Location:

507 North Sullivan Road Suite LL-3 & LL-5
Spokane Valley, WA 99037
Tel: 509-928-2042 / Fax: 509-922-9949


Getaway Studio Dining Room
& Bed and Breakfast

4229 South Chapman Road
Greenacres, WA 99016-8731
Phone 509-928-2777 / Fax 509-922-9949


Directions to Mountain Valley View Farm, Inc.

From I-90 East or West

Take the Sullivan Exit (291B) – South for about 3 miles
Turn left on Saltese (east), and continue for .5 mile
Turn right on South Chapman Road (south), and proceed .9 mile
The farm will be on the left-hand side of the road – 4301 South Chapman Road


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