We are joining the fight for ruminant herd health. We do it because we love our goats and we are conservators of a rare American heritage breed – myotonics also known as Tennessee Fainting Goats.
The Texas Myotonic Show Down believes that young people are the future for myotonics. We invest in youth at our show and last year, a scholarship program was initiated. Honoring an early Texas pioneer of Boer and Myotonic Goats, our scholarship program is named the Dian Naumann Scholarship fund. It targets a community need - to assist youth in furthering their education towards small ruminant veterinary practices. This coming September, one $1,000.00 scholarship will be awarded.
Why is it Important? Anyone who raises goats knows that there is a severe shortage of people in the veterinary field of medicine that are focused on small ruminants. At this time, the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners (the AASRP) has only four veterinarians listed in Texas. While we recognize not every veterinarian joins this organization, it reveals the low number of professionals that are engaged with goats.
It gets worse. At this time, there are a total of 180 livestock veterinarians throughout rural Texas. 2019 USDA statistics reveal that Texas ranchers and farmers report owning 842,000 goats, the highest figure in the United States. While these numbers are staggering, the herds of other ruminants are not included. Ranchers are limited in their search for licensed medical staff for their livestock. It is a challenge that we, in the agriculture world, must address.
What is Texas Myotonic Show Down? The Texas Show Down is a yearly gathering of myotonic breeders and is the only sanctioned Myotonic Goat Registry (MGR) show in this region. At this time, none are currently offered in Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado and other surrounding states. Consequently, the Texas Myotonic Show Down provides the sole means of myotonic education and preservation in our region. The show committee focuses on providing these vital and important programs through fund raising efforts within the goat-sheep industry, breeders and community support.
How Can I Become Involved? The Texas Myotonic Show Down is looking for partners - corporations, businesses and individuals who want to invest in our youth and assist local farms and ranches. Our belief is to make this place a little better – better for our children, better for our families, better for rural America, better for aspiring students and finally, better for goats and other livestock.
Yes, I Would Like to Grab the Buck by the Horns and Contribute!
(100% of your contribution goes to the show and/or scholarship.)
Yes, I would like to contribute to the Scholarship Program.
Yes, I would like be a partner and offer a Scholarship of $1,000.00 in our business/company/family name.
I would like to support the Texas Myotonic Show Down.
Yes, I would like to volunteer at the Texas Myotonic Show Down.
Yes, I would like to join MGR and become a myotonic breeder.
Yes, I would like to bring my myotonic goats to the Texas Show Down and participate.
Yes, I would like to be a show sponsor. (Sponsor levels range from $25.00 to $150.00.)
Let Us Know How You Want to Participate.
Contact Eve Williams, Show Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recently removed from U.S. Livestock Conservancy's threatened list, myotonics still need protection.