Onion Creek Ranch, Lohn, Texas
Suzanne W. Gasparotto, Onion Creek Ranch, Lohn, TX
Lohn, Texas
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" THINK LIKE A GOAT™ "

Onion Creek Ranch
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Taking reservations for
GoatCamp™ 2018
Oct 22-25, 2018

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Come join us for an educational event designed with the Commercial Meat Goat Producer in mind. Learn about:

  • Breeding, Kidding, Kid care
  • Tubing, injections
  • Nutrition, Balancing and formulating rations
  • Hoof trimming, hoof care
  • Necropsy
  • Tattooing, ear tagging
  • Diseases affecting goats
  • Drawing blood, disease testing
  • FAMACHA training, reading fecals
  • Selecting goats for breeding, market sales, etc
  • Marketing your animals
  • Routine handling, restraints
  • Humane slaughter demonstration
  • Private Property rights

and much more, all on a working goat ranch.

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The GOATCAMP™ Instructors

  • MARK SWENING, DVM - VETERINARIAN, Coleman, Texas Vet Clinic
  • JAMES MILLER, DVM, LSU - PARASITOLOGIST
  • KENT MILLS, HI PRO FEEDS - NUTRITIONIST
  • DAN BYFIELD, AMERICAN LAND FOUNDATION - PROPERTY RIGHTS & LEGISLATIVE ISSUES
  • BOB GLASS, PAN AMERICAN VET LABORATORY - SERUM DIAGNOSTICS
  • SUZANNE GASPAROTTO, ONION CREEK RANCH
  • PAT COTTEN, BENDING TREE RANCH
  • DALE WEISE OF TEXAS VET LAB, SAN ANGELO, TX
 

Classroom Instruction Alternating with Hands-On Work with Onion Creek Ranch Goats 

TUITION  PER STUDENT - $400.00 IF POSTMARKED ON AND BEFORE 10-1-18

$425.00 IF POSTMARKED AFTER 10-1-18

Registration Form ONLINE

for Additional Information

Suzanne Gasparotto - 325.344.5775 (Texas) onioncreek@tennesseemeatgoats.com
or
Pat Cotten - 501.679.4936 (Arkansas) bendingtreeranch@cyberback.com

GOATCAMP™ "NEED to KNOW" NOTES...

During GoatCamp™ all Campers are responsible for their own housing, transportation, and meals.

OCR is a working goat ranch -- home to fire ants, scorpions, centipedes, cactus, and snakes, in addition to hundreds of goats. Weather can be hot, cold, dry, wet, dusty, windy, or muddy in West Texas in October.

     All Campers must bring:

  • Boots, hats, and gloves
  • Jackets and long-sleeved shirts
  • Laptop computer or internet and flashdrive capable device
  • Bug Spray and sunblock

*Do not bring alcohol beverages of any kind onto Ranch property*

Please extend the courtesy of not using cell phones during Camp activities. Cameras are welcome.

Fire is a constant and deadly threat in West Texas. For the safety of all involved,
smoking is ONLY allowed in a restricted limited area for fire-control purposes.

HOW FAR FROM BRADY...

GoatCamp™ is held near Lohn, Texas at Onion Creek Ranch in McCulloch County each October.  The nearest large town to Lohn is Brady, the county seat of McCulloch County.  Onion Creek Ranch is 20 minutes from Brady.  Major highways US 87, US 377, US 190 and US 283 transect the county.

Brady is 130 miles from Austin, 145 miles from San Antonio and 206 miles from Dallas

Nearest major airports to Brady - Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio, San Angelo and Austin

NEAREST LODGING...

Holiday Inn Express    2320 S. Bridge    Brady, Texas   76825     325-597-1800     www.holidayinnexpress.com
Special rates for GoatCamp™ attendees.

Best Western - 2200 South Bridge Street, Brady, Texas 325-597-3997 - 800-528-1234

Brady Lake RV Hook-Ups/Cabanas - 325-597-2152 (City of Brady)

Hidden Haven RV Park - 300 East 17th Street, Brady, Texas 325-792-8282

All information from Brady Chamber of Commerce.  For more information contact the Chamber of Commerce  at 325-597-3491

DIRECTIONS FROM BRADY TO ONION CREEK RANCH... 

From the Court House take US Highway 87 west for 4 miles to US 283. Turn right onto US 283 and travel for the next 11 miles to County Road 314. Turn right onto the gravel road. Drive for the next 2 Miles to the intersection. Turn left on CR 300. Travel 1/4 mile. Onion Creek Ranch is on the right with large white OCR sign/ranch gate. Enter and proceed up the ranch road.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU ARRIVE...

• Camp greeters will direct students to parking and registration
 
• Students will register at the GoatCamp™ building and receive their name tags, workbooks, pens, catalog & Jeffers gift bags, as well as the itinerary for the week.
 
• Light snacks and beverages will be provided at morning and afternoon breaks.
 
• The Camp Store will be open before and after classes. A variety of terrific apparel, visors, stationery, cards/envelopes, mugs and much more will be available.
 
• Goatmilk soaps, lotions, creams, etc will be available for purchase from Evelyn Martin www.lathersdelcorazon.com during the Camp Store hours. You won't want to miss out on these elegant products.
 
• The GoatCamp™ Intern Program is now accepting applications for a limited number of Interns; interns receive free tuition in exchange for helping with the work at GoatCamp™. If you are interested please send your resume to onioncreek@tennesseemeatgoats.com. We'd like to know a little bit about your experience with goats (or lack thereof) and why you'd like to become an Intern.

CANCELLATION POLICY FOR GOATCAMP™

  • Cancellations after Aug 1: Forfeiture of 50% of tuition; refund of remaining 50%.
  • Cancellations after Sep 1: Forfeiture of entire tuition.
 
 

GOATCAMP™ TESTIMONIAL:

My name is Christy Dalros. I attended Goat Camp™ in October 2016. A few weeks ago, I noticed one of my does was not acting like her normal self. She had recently given birth to triplets and had been fine up until then. I check eyes at least weekly and she had good pink membranes prior. When I checked her eyes that day she was at a 4 on the FAMACHA scale. I immediately took a fecal sample and her count was extremely high. I began deworming her but she went down to a 5 on the FAMACHA scale soon after and developed bottle jaw. I have been so worried but I have run fecal samples on her weekly and continued deworming. I started her on daily iron and B-12. I also started giving her all the alfalfa she wanted for the added protein. I am happy to say that today she had no signs of bottle jaw and her eyes were at a 3 on the FAMACHA scale.

I wanted to thank you for the opportunity to attend Goat Camp™ last year. Without your class, I would not have known what to do. I lost more than 10 goats last year by this time and because of the training GoatCamp™ gave me, I am happy to say that ALL of my goats are thriving. I run my own fecal tests, something I would never have known how to do without Goat Camp™, and I refer to your articles and the notes from GoatCamp™ regularly. Thank you so much for the knowledge you shared. You have helped me more than you know.

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