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WHAT ARE TEXMASTER™ MEAT GOATS?
The Superior Commercial Meat-Goat Breed

Four years after I had begun raising fullblood Myotonic meat goats and about nine months after I imported a trio of Boers from New Zealand, I began to wonder why people were so excited about Boers as "meat" goats. My Myotonics had far more meat on them, were much easier to manage, kidded easily, and were cheaper to feed. I asked myself this question: Why can't I take the more heavily muscled fullblood Myotonic bucks that I trademarked as Tennessee Meat Goats™, breed them to Boer does, and begin the development of a new meat goat breed that put more MEAT on the offspring (coming from the TMG sires) and with a bit faster growth rate and frame size (contributed by the Boer females)? So in 1995, I began the multi-year process of creating the superior commercial meat goat breed that I trademarked as TexMaster™. A new breed was in the making.

A minimum of seven generations of breeding is required to produce animals that breed "true." Breeding "true" means that breeding pairs reproduce offspring with consistent characteristics, i.e. they produce traits that replicate themselves from goat to goat enough to be called a BREED. I have been producing TexMasters™ for almost 20 years. That's a lot of breedings and cullings.

Important: TexMasters™ are not simply a cross breed of Myotonics and Boers. TexMasters™ are the result of many years of crossing, evaluating, re-evaluating, re-crossing, and heavily culling in every generation. More importantly, TexMasters™ are the product of Onion Creek Ranch Tennessee Meat Goat™ genetics and specially-bred Boer and TMG-Boer cross does produced at Onion Creek Ranch in Texas. Over the years, I've improved the TexMaster™ breed by removing much Boer influence because I learned that it didn't take much "Boer" in the mix to reduce the meat produced on the offspring. Only Tennessee Meat Goat™ bucks were used as foundation sires. I used just enough of the Boer on the maternal side to increase slightly both the growth rate and frame size of the offspring. The precise formula is proprietary, i.e. Onion Creek Ranch's trade secret. The MEAT on the TexMaster™ comes from Onion Creek Ranch Tennessee Meat Goat™ sires; the meat does not come from the Boer females. The TexMaster™ breed retains the hardiness of the Tennessee Meat Goat™ with excellent mothering instincts, ease of kidding, lower maintenance, and most importantly higher meat-to-bone ratio than any breed other than fullblood TMGs. TexMasters™ are in use in many commercial herds across the USA. Go to www.texmastermeatgoats.com to read testimonials.

Pedigree International currently operates the TexMaster™ registry. You can breed and register percentage TexMasters™ by using fullblood TexMaster™ sires. You can breed up to purebred status but you cannot produce fullblood TexMasters™ without breeding fullblood TexMaster™ to fullblood TexMaster™ -- just like any other breed. I created TexMasters™ to be the meatiest commercial meat-goat breed by using specific genetics that I carefully selected and evaluated in every breeding. If you want to produce commercial goats, you should buy and use these specific genetics as herd sires. You should not use "bred-up" crosses as sires because you will be using genetics of other breeds and you will lose the MEAT advantage provided by Tennessee Meat Goat™ sires that make TexMasters™ so desirable as a terminal product. Example: If you buy a percentage TexMaster™ buck because a producer is close to you or it is cheaper than you can buy a fullblood TexMaster™ buck from Onion Creek Ranch genetics, you will be getting a goat that is the offspring of a TexMaster™ buck and does that are not the specially-developed Onion Creek Ranch genetics that produce superior meat-goat offspring. Such offspring would be a 50% TexMaster™ since the sire is a fullblood TexMaster™. But that 50% TexMaster™ isn't going to have anything close to the amount of meat on it that a fullblood TexMaster™ out of Onion Creek Ranch or Bending Tree Ranch genetics has on it. Crossing with other breeds decreases the "meatiness" of the offspring. This is acceptable for terminal animals but not for use as breeding stock.

Pat Cotten and I are constantly fine tuning the TexMaster™ breed, thereby improving it. You should buy your TexMaster™ herd sire out of genetics that we have developed to breed to your other breed does. Your buck is at least 50% of your herd and more likely 75% if you keep any replacement does. I recognize that costs and distances affect goat purchases but you should always be working towards acquiring better genetics, especially for your herd sires. Don't be cheap about buying your herd sire. Buy the best you can afford. Stretch a little financially and you will get more "bang for your buck." Quality never comes cheap.

If you are interested in purchasing fullblood TexMasters™, come to the source. Contact Suzanne W. Gasparotto at Onion Creek Ranch in Texas or Pat Cotten at Bending Tree Ranch in Arkansas. Suzanne can be reached at 325-344-5775 or email her at onioncreek@tennesseemeatgoats.com, and Pat can be reach at 501-679-4936 or bendingtreeranch@cyberback.com. If you cannot reach one of us, contact the other. We are in contact daily, share information about inquiries, and work together to fill orders.

Suzanne W. Gasparotto, Onion Creek Ranch

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HOW TO BUY ONION CREEK RANCH GENETICS

Onion Creek Ranch goats are heavily-muscled animals -- unlike those found elsewhere in the meat-goat industry. There are two different meat breeds to choose from: Tennessee Meat Goats(tm) and TexMasters(tm). Only occasionally we have the smaller frame sized OCR Myotonics or Myotonic crosses. We will explain the specific functions of each breed.

When buyers inquire about availability and price, it is Onion Creek Ranch's policy to ask questions about the buyer's goat-ranching operations, experience, and intended goals so that we can provide the proper type of meat goat to achieve those goals. Since most prospective buyers have never seen any of these goats and many people have misconceptions about what they are, this evaluation process is extremely important. Tennessee Meat Goats(tm), for example, are fullblood Myotonics but larger and more heavily muscled than other fullblood Myotonic goats. TexMasters(tm) are not simply one-half Myotonic one half Boer or even 5/8-3/8. The precise mix is known only to Onion Creek Ranch management and is the product of multiple complex breedings accomplished since 1995. How these goats perform for the buyer directly reflects back upon Onion Creek Ranch's breeding programs so we have an intense interest in getting the right goats matched with each purchaser.

Developing these animals has taken the better part of two decades. My goal has 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 we 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 we can best serve your meat-goat breeding stock buying needs. Our success depends upon your success.

Prospective buyers visiting Onion Creek Ranch and Bending Tree Ranch must do so by appointment. At Onion Creek Ranch, it takes several hours to view the goats and learn about them. There is no single Sale pen; the goats are in multiple pastures in their native environment spread over several hundred acres.

Producers interested in purchasing goats should contact Suzanne Gasparotto or Pat Cotten. Suzanne Gasparotto's Onion Creek Ranch is in Texas and can be reached at 325-344-5775 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. Suzanne and Pat are in daily contact and work together to provide buyers with the goats that they need, so it is not necessary to contact both of them.

Consultation & Evaluation Services for Hire

I've decided to expand my business to include consultation & evaluation services for people who are either thinking about raising meat goats or are currently raising them and want to improve their operations

Please contact Suzanne W. Gasparotto at 324-344-5775 or email at onioncreek@tennesseemeatgoats.com

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Kidding Season is upon us. Contact us now to reserve your 2017 TexMaster™ and Myotonic kids. We also have yearling TMG™ as well as TexMaster™ bucks available now.

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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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