July 2021 Issue



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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

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Hi Suzanne,
I  wanted to say thank you.  I attended your goat camp last year.  While I  was there, I purchased a McMaster slide, microscope and test kit.  I have been using it to run fecals.  It is an easy process and has been really informative.  By repeating the fecal seven days after deworming, I  can tell if the dewormer is effective. I learned that Cydectin was not working on one of my does.  I would not have known this for sure if I wasn’t doing fecals and follow ups.  By calculating the EPG and comparing the difference, I now know that I need to use another class and potentially combine more than one.  Knowledge is power and I am so excited to have learned all of this.  We all know parasite management is  the key to healthy goats.  Thanks for your willingness to share your knowledge.  It has empowered me and I very grateful.
Jennifer Isbell-Schrader


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.


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



Several times each week, I receive calls from folks asking for help  but unable to provide  the information I needed to assist them. They've taken the goat to a vet who performed various services and gave medications,  then left   without asking   what was done or why.

These are   not stupid people.  They've just let themselves be intimidated by persons   with professional designations behind their names. They've assumed that professional advice is accurate and should always be followed  without inquiry or question. They've taken their valued animals for help, paid their hard-earned money, and left  without  asking questions.   They've not realized that care for the animal is the short-term  reason for the trip  to the vet, but learning what is happening and how to treat or prevent it in the future  is the long-term  goal.

These goat raisers have sometimes paid for unnecessary and expensive services that  cost more than the value of the goat. One example is Urinary Calculi.   This disease, if successfully treated, can be recurring (chronic) throughout the goat's life. Depending upon the location of the blockage and the speed with which treatment is started,  Urinary Calculi may not be fixable. Sometimes it is better to put the animal out of its misery by euthanizing it.    So-called "heroic" action may only be delaying the inevitable, prolonging the animal's pain, and costing lots of money.   But you have to have the information needed to make that decision, which means asking questions that include  why and how.

We Americans have developed too much deference towards  people with education and skill levels in areas other than  our own. This includes people running show-goat programs, extension agents, and ag teachers, in addition to veterinarians.  We've been subtly indoctrinated  into this mindset over the last 40 years  by our public schools, media,  entertainment, and culture.    "Don't  make waves or judgements." "Just try to get along."   This is nonsense.   Use your common sense. If something doesn't sound or look right, question it.  Professionals put on their pants just like you and I do . . . one leg at a time. They aren't better than you, nor should they be unapproachable.  They simply  have skills different from you and me.  Take this opportunity to  expand your knowledge and develop some new skills that will help your goat-raising operation.

ASK questions.     Ask  about the pros and cons of the treatment being recommended.  Ask  the prices before you have  incurred the costs and had the  work done.  Tell the vet every  detail of the problem, beginning with the first time you saw it.  Include information on what you feed, what management or weather changes have occurred,  and every other thing you can think of that might have a bearing on this animal's health.    Since not many  vets know much about goats, you as a goat raiser  may  have information that the vet doesn't have.     You may be able to contribute to the veterinarian's knowledge about goats.  You may  also choose to decline the services.  Because something is a common practice doesn't mean it is correct.   With goats, it is usually the simplest thing, so don't start looking for complexity until you've ruled  out the obvious, like worms, pneumonia, and incorrect feeding.

Goats in particular are largely unknown to most vets.  Most of them are caring people who really want  to help but  don't have the experience or knowledge that they need to treat goats.     And there is more to treating goats than medications.    That they live in herds and are easily stressed when away from their herdmates has a lot to do with how their medical care should be approached.    Lack of knowledge of the  species itself can be limiting to the vet's ability to help your animal.  Being a vet is tough work.  Unlike human doctors, they must have knowledge of multiple species.  Goats are a minor livestock species  which numbers are declining, so there isn't much incentive for vets to learn about them.   It isn't a profit center for most vets.

Learn to say NO.   It is easy to say 'yes.'   'No' is much more difficult but often   so much wiser to say.   There is societal pressure  on all of us to say 'yes'  about many things when we know we should say  'no.'

 I recommend that you apply this policy to your entire life as you shop for products and services on all levels.    Remember when you had two-year old children and every word out of their mouths was WHY or NO?   Irritating, but it was how they learned.    Get your curiosity back.     We must all continue to learn every day of our lives.   You will be a better goat raiser and more successful at every level of your life.

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