After dispersing our Boer herd in 2009, we began our search for foundation myotonic females with the size, muscling and parasite resistance to put us in the Myotonic Goat business.
We viewed scores of myotonic ranch web sites, visited a few ranches and talked to anyone who could give us some leads about available quality females.
Just when it looked like we were going to have to put together a diverse herd of females from several different sources, we met a long time breeder who offered us as many of his animals as we wanted. Well, we wanted all of them, but settled on making 4 trips from southwest Louisiana to Gainesville, Florida (almost 800 miles 1 way) and hauling as many as we could. After weaning the kids, we ended up with 50 females, a herd sire and several young sire prospects.
A side note to the hardiness of these animals: We had been told that it was difficult to transport goats, particularly pregnant females, long distance. Our trips to Florida included 3 winter trips (cold & wet) and one summer trip (very hot). In each of the loads we hauled pregnant females and lactating females with their babies. Of course we separated them by category and gave them proper bedding for the trips. At the end of each trip the animals were penned overnight for observation then turned out to pasture. Each trip was 14-15 hours long and we experienced no losses or sickness.
“Coyote Creek Ranch West”
We are extremely grateful to Mr. Myron Johnson for sharing his animals and his vast goat knowledge with us. Upon picking up our last load of females I told Myron that if we didn’t already have a name we would have to call our place Coyote Creek “West”.
Many of Myron’s foundation animals came from David Autry’s HALR herd in Tennessee, which traced these animals back to the originals in Marshal County, Tennessee. It was important to Myron Johnson to maintain those historic genetics so they line bred for many generations producing some of the larger, heavier muscled, and parasite tolerant animals in the breed.
At Myron’s suggestion we will continue to line breed for the same genetic traits that Coyote Creek deemed important.
To more fully understand the concept of inbreeding or line breeding, we have included articles which explains the necessity and indeed the requirements of line breeding if real progress is to be made in livestock improvements.
At Myron Johnson’s further suggestion we will maintain a closed herd.
The Coyote Creek herd has been tested and maintained as a closed herd for several years.
Having a closed herd goes hand in hand with inbreeding or linebreeding as previously discussed. We believe that our committment to following the Coyote Creek tradition of linebreeding in a closed herd will continue to give us outstanding offspring with predictable genetics.
Being fortunate enough to start with a complete well bred herd, we obviously are able to share these genetics with other breeders at an early date. We look forward to serving your needs.