May 2022 Issue



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At Onion Creek Ranch in Texas, I am very particular about biosecurity. Every person who enters the ranch must put the soles of his boots or shoes into a broad spectrum disinfectant solution. I don't want disease-causing organisms brought on my ranch.

item17It is vitally important that you, your workers, and your visitors not bring diseases onto your property or into animal housing areas. Saving just one animal's life will pay for the cost of the mat and the disinfectant that I am recommending.

Back In 2014 at GoatCamp™, I first tried a disinfectant mat sold by Jeffers (1-800-533-3377) or This disinfectant mat is designed to be placed at the entrance of any area you wish. I placed it at the ranch entrance gate where people parked their vehicles. When filled with the disinfectant solution, the mat disinfects the boots and shoes of everyone stepping onto it. The mat's bladder is made of a tough poly mesh over a foam core and is not removable. The poly bottom is not permeable, so it doesn't leak. Made in the USA, this one-piece design reduces the likelihood of tripping. Do not use chlorine bleach. Place on level ground and fill with 1.5 gallons of any liquid disinfectant or sanitizer. The foam core will soak up the liquid. Mat dimensions are 24 inches x 28 inches. Red or blue in color.item19

I used the broad-spectrum disinfectant Trifectant by Vetoquinol as the disinfecting solution. The label says It is effective against E. Coli, mycoplasma, gallisepticum, infectious bronchitis, haemophilus somnus, calf rotavirus, foot & mouth disease, rhinopneumonitis, equine influenza, staphylococcus aureus, streptococcus pyogenes, canine parvovirus, distemper & much more.

I was very pleased with the performance of these products at GoatCamp™. Further, clean-up and storage were quick and easy. I recommend using this mat to provide biosecurity on your farm or ranch.

Suzanne W. Gasparotto, Onion Creek Ranch 5.1.22


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Obituary for Clark Dale Cotten


Clark Dale Cotten, 68, of Damascus, Arkansas passed away on April 15, 2022 at UAMS in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born on November 22, 1953 in Malvern, Arkansas to the late Oid Webster Cotten and Beulah Corrine Taylor Cotten.

Clark graduated as Valedictorian of Eastbrook High School in Dalton, Georgia in 1971. He also graduated with a degree of Electrical Engineering from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 1976. He was a member of the Theta Tau and the Razorback Marching Band. He married his wife Patricia (Pat) Bacon Cotten on October 4, 1980 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Clark received his PE in Engineering in 1982. Clark was Director of Telecommunications/Quality of Service with the Arkansas Public Service Commission at the time of his death and has worked for APSC for 23 years and 22 years prior to that employed by Arkansas Power and Light/Entergy.

He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Patricia (Pat) Bacon Cotten; one son, Elliott Samuel Cotten; one granddaughter, Esme’ Patricia Cotten; one brother, WT Cotten, and his wife, Lorrie of Mesquite, Texas; four nephews, and three nieces as well as a great nephews and great nieces.

Memorial Service was held at 11:00am on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at Bishop-Crites Funeral Home.

Memorials can be made to the Mayo Clinic at and designate to Amyloidosis research or UAMS at and designate to Lymphoma Research

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