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Goat Camp™ 2019

Taking reservations for
Goat Camp™ 2019
Oct 28-31, 2019
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Taking reservations for GoatCamp™ 2019

Oct 28-31, 2019

  • FAMACHA training. Doing microscopic fecal counts
  • Learn how to diagnose and treat illnesses and diseases
  • Nutrition, learn how to feed property
  • Tubing, injections
  • Hoof trimming, hoof care
  • Necropsy demonstration
  • 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
  • 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

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 as well as Hands-on Work with Onion Creek Ranch Goats on a working goat ranch

 

TUITION PER STUDENT - $400.00 IF RECEIVED ON OR BEFORE 9-30-19

$425.00 IF RECEIVED ON OR AFTER 10-1-19

Registration Form ONLINE

for Additional Information: Suzanne Gasparotto - 512-265-2090 (Texas) onioncreek@tennesseemeatgoats.com

DIRECTIONS TO ONION CREEK RANCH...

If traveling south on I-35, turn west and go through Killeen-Copperas Cove on Hwy 190. Turn on FM 2657, travel 1.8 miles west of Oakalla, and turn left onto Happy Ridge Rd. Last gate on the left near the end of this 1/2 mile long private road is the Onion Creek Ranch entrance.

If traveling south on US 183, turn east (left) at Briggs on FM 2657 and travel 6.2 miles, turning right on Happy Ridge Rd.

If traveling through Austin, Take toll road US 183 north and turn right at Briggs onto FM 2657. Go 6.2 miles and turn right on Happy Ridge Rd.

PLACES TO STAY...

Copperas Cove is the closest town only 9 miles east of Onion Creek Ranch. Lots of places to stay and eat. I've made arrangements with Hill Country Inn for a special rate for GoatCamp™ attendees. $54.99 plus tax for a king or double. It is clean, well lit, neat, well managed, with WiFi and cable TV and continental breakfast included. 254-547-2345. Great Italian restaurant Giovanni's across the street on east side of traffic light. If you want a more upscale motel, Killeen to the east has a Holiday Inn Express and other motels.

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.

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GOATCAMP™ TESTIMONIALS:

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

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We had the most amazing experience at Goat camp. 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.

Thank you, best money I ever spent. Brian & Lori, Rockport, Texas

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WHEN MEAT MATTERS...

Contact Suzanne Gasparotto at
512-265-2090 for prices and availability.

Tennessee Meat Goat™ and TexMasters™
are available now.
Make your reservations!

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WHEN MEAT MATTERS. 

Tennessee Meat Goat™ bucks and TexMaster™ bucks developed at Onion Creek Ranch in Texas.

Tennessee Meat Goats™ and TexMasters™ are the cream of the meat goat industry. Contact us for availability, ages and pricing by calling 512-265-2090 or emailing onioncreek@tennesseemeatgoats.com

Personalized Consultation Services Available

I am pleased to announce that beginning February 1, 2019, I am offering individualized consultation services on health, nutrition, and management to goat raisers.

Raising goats in a challenge, given that few vets know anything about goats. We have to learn to use medications off-label. Limited help is available on nutrition or just about anything involving goats.

This subscription service is $195 a year, with no limit on number of contacts. Payment may be made via CASH app on your phone, using a debit card, or you can mail a check for $195 made payable to Suzanne W. Gasparotto to 300 Happy Ridge Road, Briggs, Tx 78608. Provide contact information so I can confirm receipt and set up your account.

Although I am not a vet, I have been raising goats full time since 1990. I've been writing articles on goat nutrition, health, and management for 25+ years. I know goats.

My meat-goat education group ChevonTalk, the meat goat e-magazine MeatGoatMania, and the articles on my website http://www.tennesseemeatgoats.com will remain free.

I already offer ranch layout/design consultation on a case basis.

Taking the individual consultations to a fee basis will allow me to better help persons seriously interested in properly taking care of their goats.

If you wish to sign up and have questions, please email me at onioncrk@centex.net or call me at 512-265-2090.

Suzanne W. Gasparotto, Onion Creek Ranch, Texas

 

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