Griffin Hill Farm
Griffin Hill Farm is located in Freedom, Pennsylvania, just 30 minutes north of Pittsburgh.
We love having children out to visit and think that all children should get to experience the wonder and joy of being on a farm. We have lots of animals. Our main guys are our goats. We breed, raise, and show Myotonic Goats (also known as Tennessee Fainting Goats). We love our little guys. They are so easy going and fun to be around. Myo's are a resilient breed of goat.
* Easy keepers, easy breeders, and easy going.
* Worm resistant
* They don't generally climb fences, escape from pens, or wander too far from the barn.
*They love to eat all the weeds around the pastures and get along easily with the horses.
So why choose a Myo?
Myotonic goats were originally bred to be the perfect homestead goat.
One goat, multiple purposes....
1. Meat: Yes, this is a meat breed goat, having a meat to bone ratio of 4:1 vs other meat breeds. They can be a little slower growing than other breeds, but the stiffening of the hind end creates a very muscled goat! We strive to produce heavily muscled animals, and have picked and chosen over the last few years with this in mind.
2. Milk: Within the lines, myo's have some very strong milk producers. Their milk is well known to contain high butter fat, and although they may not produce as much as a larger breed dairy goat, they produce enough to sustain a small family, with enough left over for other purposes. We have purchased several does from strong milk lines, and although we ourselves do not milk them, they produce enough to feed quads when needed.
3. Fiber: Fiber goats are not well known, but we have several does that produce a very high amount of cashmere each fall and then it gets brushed out each spring. The cashmere is soft and fluffy and some of them look like sheep through half of the winter. It keeps them nice and warm. We personally do not use the cashmere, but breed to preserve the all purpose background of this breed.
Myo's were originally on the endangered species list, but as of 10 years ago, they moved to recovering, and are now on the watch list. Groups like the Myotonic Goat Registry, have been working hard to help build awareness and strengthen the breed, through shows, youth organizations, and general advertising.
We are active members of the Myotonic Goat Registry and all of our animals are registered through them.
We are also active members of the Mason Dixon Myotonic Goat Club. They are a non-profit 501c3 that was designed to help bring awareness of the breed to the east coast through workshops, education, shows, and fundraising.