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Goat Camp™ 2018

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Goat Camp™ 2018
Oct 22-25, 2018
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Come join us at Onion Creek Ranch at its new location near Briggs, Texas (northwest of Austin about 20 miles south of Lampasas east US 183) for the week of Oct 22-25, 2018 for an all breed educational event designed with all types of meat goat producers in mind. Newbie or established goat raiser, you will learn more in four days than you will in four years on your own.

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.

The GOATCAMP™ Instructors

  • JAMES MILLER, DVM, LSU - PARASITOLOGIST
  • KENT MILLS, HI PRO FEEDS - NUTRITIONIST
  • MARK SWENING, D.V.M., VETERINARIAN, Coleman, Texas Vet Clinic
  • DALE WEISE, TEXAS VET LAB INC., San Angelo, Tx
  • 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

* The GoatCamp™2018 Intern Program is now accepting applications for a limited number of Internships. Interns receive free tuition in exchange for helping with the work at GoatCamp™. Persons with little to no experience with goats are encouraged to attend as paying students; much of the work of an Intern has to do with the operation of GoatCamp™ and not directly with goats. If you are interested please send your resume to onioncreek@tennesseemeatgoats.com. I'd like to know about your experience with goats and why you'd like to become an Intern.

* GoatCamp™2018 is limited to 25 students. The new ranch cannot accommodate additional students.

* Classroom instruction alternating with hands-on work with Onion Creek Ranch goats.

TUITION PER STUDENT - $400.00 IF POSTMARKED BY 10-1-18 / $425.00 IF POSTMARKED ON OR AFTER 10-2-18

Registration Form ONLINE on the GoatCamp™ page at www.tennesseemeatgoats.com http://www.tennesseemeatgoats.com/GoatCamp/index.html.

For additional information, contact Suzanne Gasparotto 512-265-2090 or email me at onioncreek@tennesseemeatgoats.com

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.™ 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.

HOW TO BUY ONION CREEK RANCH GENETICS

Onion Creek Ranch goats are heavily-muscled MEAT animals, unlike those found elsewhere in the meat-goat world. I developed and raise two distinct meat breeds: Tennessee Meat Goats™ and TexMasters™. Each breed has a specific use.

When buyers inquire about availability and price, I ask questions about the their goat-ranching operation, experience, and intended goals so that I can recommend the right breed for them. Since most prospective buyers have never seen these breeds and many people have misconceptions about what they are, this evaluation process is important.

Tennessee Meat Goat™ is the designation I give to the larger and more heavily muscled fullblood Myotonic that I began developing in 1990. I wait until the goat is a year old so I can be confident in its confirmation and quality. All you can tell about a meat goat under a year of age is its color and its sex. TexMasters™ began life as a composite breed in 1995, when I used Tennessee Meat Goats™ and Boers. I quickly learned that even a small amount of Boer influence greatly reduced MEAT in the offspring, so I significantly reduced the "Boer" in this breed. The TexMaster™ breed has been breeding "true" since 1998, making it a breed in its own right.

How these goats perform for the buyer directly reflects back upon Onion Creek Ranch's breeding programs so I have an intense interest in getting the right goats matched with each purchaser.

Developing these animals has taken several decades and I continue to improve upon them with each generation. My goal has always been to create the best meat-goat breeding stock on the planet. I am blessed to have been able to do so.

Each month, there is a FEATURED GOATS page on Onion Creek Ranch's website www.tennesseemeatgoats.com. However, there is no specific "sale" page because I want to talk with you and learn about your individual needs, so that means an approach that achieves both of our goals. Please be patient when you call or write, because the questions are not being asked to be intrusive but instead are asked so that I can best serve your meat-goat breeding stock buying needs.

Prospective buyers visiting Onion Creek Ranch and Bending Tree Ranch must do so by appointment. Our work load will not permit "drop in" visitors. It takes several hours to view the goats and learn about them. The goats are in multiple pastures in their native environment spread over acreage.

Producers interested in purchasing goats should contact Suzanne Gasparotto or Pat Cotten. Suzanne Gasparotto's Onion Creek Ranch is in Texas and she can be reached at 512-265-2090 or email onioncreek@tennesseemeatgoats.com. Pat Cotten at Bending Tree Ranch near Damascus, Arkansas can be reached at 501-679-4936 and her email is btrocr@cyberback.com. Currently the quickest way to contact Pat is to PM her on Facebook. Suzanne and Pat are in daily contact and work together to provide buyers with the goats that they need. You are welcome to contact both of us; information and pricing structure is comparable from each of us.

Suzanne W. Gasparotto, Onion Creek Ranch, Briggs, Tx. 4/15/18

BendingTree Ranch TexMaster Goats

Breeding age Myotonics, TMG’s, TexMasters™ as well as nice commercial crosses available year round. Contact us for your breeding stock needs.

Pat Cotten 501-679-4936
Bending Tree Ranch located near Greenbrier, Arkansas
www.bendingtreeranch.com
bendingtreeranch@cyberback.com

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