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Oak Hill 
Fainting Goats
Traditional Purebred Heritage Goats 
For Meat, Milk & Fiber 
About Us
Located in scenic Adams County, Pennsylvania north of the historic Gettysburg battlefield, we raise MGR & IFGA registered myotonic or fainting goats.  We have always preferred to work with heritage animals and heirloom plants, to do our part in preserving genetic diversity and unique history.  We also have horses, and before getting goats, we realized we needed to better balance our pastures in a sustainable manner.  Cross-species grazing to control the non-grasses and stop parasite life cycles sounded like the best solution.  When we started researching heritage goat breeds, we were struck by how calm and easy to manage the myotonic breed is.  Additionally, this landrace breed is adapted to the warm humid climate of the southeastern USA, so our Pennsylvania climate would be a good match.  We got our first bred female and companion wether, and we were hooked.  Fainters are like potato chips, you cannot stop at one(or two or three).  Next thing you knew, we had a large herd, a business, and I was adapting my knowledge of holistic horse management to the goat herd.

Our goats are fed a natural diet of non-gmo chemical-free and/or organic grains and hay.  We also use the Dynamite line of supplements.  We have multiple generations of chemical and vaccine free goats, and have cleared any vaccinosis issues using homeopathy. We have a variety of colors, polled or horned, and blue or brown eyes.  Average heights are 20-24" at the shoulder-some can register as mini.  Our goats are perfect for the homestead, being easy to handle & contain, good mothers and naturally parasite resistant.  Twin kids are the norm.   

Fainting goats excel at meat production. While they have a slower growth rate than some breeds, that is offset by their efficient low-input diet, natural parasite resistance and extremely high meat to bone ratio, reaching 4:1. When calculating net cost per pound, fainting goats typically beat the other pure breeds. Fainting goats excelled in the 2011 feeding trials at the Maryland Small Ruminant Center.

Fainting goats can be milked. Your average fainting doe can yield 6 cups daily of rich milk that tastes much like half-and-half, while still nursing her kids. Oak Hill will be milking in 2016, and I will keep folks posted on our learning curve over at the blog.  Fainting does do tend to have smaller teats than the dairy breeds, so a hand milker may make your job easier. The does are docile and easily trained, making them excellent milking partners. 

At Oak Hill, we currently do not save or process any cashmere from our goats. The cashmere is fine with a somewhat short fiber that requires a tighter twist. Fainting goats do have guard hairs mixed with the cashmere, so cleaning can be tricky. The cashmere comes in a variety of colors and roughly 1/3 of the Oak Hill herd carries the cashmere gene.  

Oak Hill is a sustainable "beyond organic"  living evolving farm, with the focus on healthy soils and plants and co-thriving animals.  We are not certified organic for philosophical reasons. 
What our customers are saying...
I purchased two weathers from Carrie Eastman in July 2010.  They are my first fainters.  They were an addition to my exsisting herd of 8 Pygmy and Nigerian dwarf goats.  I was able to visit and meet the goats before bringing them home.  I was encouraged to visit often.  Carrie is very professional and had all the appropriate paperwork in order.  Her goats are healthy and well cared for.  She has very clean and safe accommodations for them and they have plenty of fresh air, sunshine and good pasture.  They are all cared for organically and chemical free as well.  The goats are all well socialized and easy to handle.  My two boys were the easiest integration into our herd that we've ever had.  Within just a few days they fit right in.  The goats have been healthy with no problems at all.  We have had no need for vaccinations or medications of any kind.  The fainters are some of the sweetest goats I've ever had!  They are very easy to handle and cuddle and they are becoming more and more affectionate each day.  They are also fainting more and more each day too!  We just adore the newest additions to our herd and look forward to many years of fun with them!
-Chris and Dianne Shoenfelt