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Taking reservations for  GoatCamp™ 2021
Oct 25-28, 2021

  • FAMACHA training.  Doing microscopic fecal counts. Reading fecals.
  • Learn how to diagnose and treat illnesses and diseases
  • Nutrition: learn how to feed properly
  • Tubing, injections, tattooing, eartagging, handling and restraints
  • Hoof trimming, hoof care
  • Necropsy demonstration
  • Diseases affecting goats
  • Drawing blood, disease testing
  • Selecting goats for breeding, market sales, etc
  • Marketing your animals
  • Humane slaughter demonstration
  • Breeding, Kidding, Kid care
  • Importance of private property rights to goat owners.
  • and much more, all on a working goat ranch.

The GOATCAMP™ Instructors


  •   MARK SWENING, DVM - VETERINARIAN, Coleman, Texas Vet Clinic

Classroom Instruction as well as  Hands-on Work with Onion Creek Ranch goats on a working goat ranch


$500.00 IF RECEIVED ON OR AFTER 10-1-21

Registration Form on the GoatCamp™page at www.tennesseemeatgoats.com

Additional Information or questions:   Suzanne Gasparotto - 512-265-2090 (Texas) or email her at   onioncreek@tennesseemeatgoats.com


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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I want to send you a huge thanks you for doing what you do and offering me the opportunity to attend Goat Camp and learn from the best!! There was a ton of new information for me to absorb but equally valuable was to confirm whether or not I have been doing things correctly or not. It was amazing to see how you setup your operation and all the things you had to consider . Since I got home, I set up monthly random fecal testing to monitor wormload. I also have a Jeffers shopping list and a few books to add to my collection. After the necropsy, all the things that I have read and pictured finally made sense. I found that demonstration fascinating and really well explained. The 4 days for information was more than worth the time and travel and you have provided me with more confidence in looking after my little herd. I wish you all the best with your business and hope you continue to educate others, as your experience and knowledge is priceless.                                     Shelley Helmer Canada


We had the most amazing experience at Goat camp in 2018. The information I found there was very impressive. That is one of the best decisions I have made going into this venture. My second best decision is I will be back next year. My brain hurt trying to retain all the info. I will continue to review everything you supplied but I will be lucky if I have retained 50%. My 82 year old Mother was so excited when I explained all that went on she wants to come with us.  Brian returned for  the 2019 GoatCamp(tm) and was amazed at how much he has missed the first time around!    Thank you, best money we ever spent.               Brian & Lori, Rockport, Texas


Bottle babies are neither cost- nor time-effective and they never completely behave as goats. Bottle babies don't acquire many of the skills that a dam teaches her kids so they usually wind up on the bottom of the pecking order in the herd. I prefer to restrain the dam to let them nurse for several days until the doe accepts them or foster them onto another doe with similar-aged kids than bottle feeding for three months.

The most dangerous goat on your place will be the bottle baby buck that is now grown. He will unintentionally hurt you because he thinks he is still a baby "person."

There are, however, instances in which the choice is either bottling newborns or letting them die. Deliberately letting healthy newborn kids die is not acceptable.

Almost everyone overfeeds bottle babies. Suckling is a very satisfying experience. Newborns and very young kids will nurse until they overeat on milk and die. Floppy Kid Syndrome is a real possibility.

Below is the formula for calculating the correct amount that should be fed so that you don't over-feed a newborn to approximately two to three week old bottle baby. Use this formula when the young kid is consuming only milk. When it starts eating solid food, the amounts don't have to be so precise.

Weigh the newborn. Convert its weight into ounces. Calculate 10% to 12% of total bodyweight in ounces, divide that number by four feedings, and feed that amount over a 24 hour period. Example: An eight-pound kid's weight converted to ounces is 128 ounces. 8 x 16 oz = 128 oz. Multiple 128 oz by 12% = 15.4 ounces. Round to the nearest whole ounce - in this case 15 oz. Divide 15 oz by 4 feedings = 3.75 oz per feeding. Recognize that this amount varies by sex and number of kids in the litter. Feed 4 times over a 24-hour day for the first week, reducing the frequency but not the amount to 3 times a day during Week 2, and settle on 2 times per day with appropriate number of ounces when the kid is three weeks until weaning at three months of age.

The amount of milk required increases as the kid gains age and weight. This formula is important during the first two or three weeks of the kid's life to prevent it from developing Floppy Kid Syndrome (overeating on milk).

Check the kid for a full tummy by placing it on the ground on its feet, supporting its own weight. Don't try to evaluate stomach fullness when holding the kid. It will always feel more full than when supporting its own weight. Stand over it, facing the same direction that the kid is facing. Place four fingers in front of the back legs on both sides of its tummy. The tummy should feel firm, not hard and not squishy. If the formula provided above doesn't accomplish this, adjust it upward a bit until you achieve the needs of that particular kid. This is not a written-in-stone rule; common sense must prevail.

The amount of milk needed changes as the kid grows. By two to three weeks of age, the kid is much more physically active and eating some solid food, so the chance of over-feeding on milk is lessened. But never let the kid drink all it wants.

Milk is a vital part of the kid's nutrition program all the way up until weaning at three months of age. Do NOT wean at two months of age.

It is very easy to over-feed a newborn or very young kid. This is true if you use goat's milk, cow's milk, milk replacer, or any formulation of your own concoction. A kid will suckle until it dies. It doesn't know how much is too much milk. You have to control milk amounts, just like dams do. A kid has to have enough time between feedings to digest the milk in its stomach or undigested milk will accumulate and kill the kid. Overeating on milk is a painful death. I like Ultra-Bac 24 all-species milk replacer made by Milk Products Inc. It mixes smoothly and digests easily. There are other good kid milk replacers available. Never use a milk replacer with soy in it. Cow's milk doesn't have enough butterfat. Excess colostrum and goat's milk should be milked out and frozen for future use.

The Articles page at my website www.tennesseemeatgoats.com has columns I've written on health problems of newborn and young kids, floppy kid syndrome (overeating on milk),weak kid syndrome (hypothermia and starvation), getting a kid on a bottle, and a host of other articles involving kidding problems. Take advantage of the information before kidding begins.

Suzanne W. Gasparotto, ONION CREEK RANCH, Texas 4.1.21

Did you know: If you are having trouble getting a kid on a bottle, wet the Prichard teat in water and then dip it in granulated sugar. Fill the bottle with milk or milk replacer and put the nipple in the kid's mouth. In most cases, the kid will smack his lips together when he tastes the granulated sugar, simulating sucking, and will begun to suck the nipple on the bottle.



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