November 2011 Issue

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GoatCamp2011™ A Resounding Success

Interest in GoatCamp™ continues to be so great that more than the planned 25 students signed up this year. Twenty-nine students and six interns joined the Staff and Instructors for this week-long session of learning how to raise meat goats successfully.

Jeffers again provided "goody bags" containing essential items like weak kid syringe and stomach tube, digital rectal thermometer, paint sticks, and adjustable lead ropes packed inside those handy insulated Jeffers coolers for all students and interns.

Dr. Lou Nuti and Dr. Gary Newton of Prairie View A&M University spoke to students about Artificial Insemination and reproductive biology of goats on Monday. Dr. Jim Miller of Louisiana State University taught students about internal parasites and did actual fecal counts under microscopes on Tuesday. Dr. Miller provided FAMACHA training and certifications to attending students. On Wednesday, Kent Mills of HiPro Feeds spoke extensively on goat nutrition, the topic which I always say is the hardest thing to get right in any managed herd. HiPro Feeds furnished an evening meal on Wednesday night for all students wishing to stay beyond class hours and learn to work Mr. Mills' nutrition formulation problems.

My vet, Dr. Mark Swening of the Coleman, Texas Veterinary Clinic addressed goat health issues and did a necropsy which all students got to watch on Thursday morning. Dan Byfield, President of American Stewards of Liberty, brought students up to date on private property rights issues affecting goat raisers. Joining us this year was Jim Bob Harris, President of Texas Vet Lab in San Angelo, Texas. Mr. Harris' company provided a fajita luncheon on Thursday. Bob Glass of Pan American Vet Lab near Austin, Texas discussed blood testing for several different diseases on Friday morning.

All week long, Pat Cotten of Bending Tree Ranch in Arkansas taught students how to tattoo, hoof trim, stomach tube, and give injections, using my goats in the working pen area of the Vet Bldg. And Brooke Bonilla did double duty preparing lunch and break foods daily while she maintained her regular job schedule as school bus driver twice a day.

GoatCamp2012™ planning is well underway. In fact, one student, Larry Plowman, of Pennsylvania, has already signed up again for next year's GoatCamp™. GoatCamp™ 2012 will be held October 22-26, 2012. You too can sign up for GoatCamp2012™ now. I am already taking student reservations. My thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make our tenth year such a success.

Suzanne W. Gasparotto, Onion Creek Ranch

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GoatCamp™ 2011 students

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BOB GLASS, PAN AMERICAN VET LABORATORY - SERUM DIAGNOSTICS

Dr Miller teaching Famacha method

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JAMES MILLER, DVM, LSU - PARASITOLOGIST

Students at vet bldg waiting on slaughter demo

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Picture of slaughter demonstration

Brooke Bonilla, who did all the food preparation for GoatCamp™ in addition to her regular full-time job as bus driver for a local school district.

PAT COTTEN, BENDING TREE RANCH, instructing during chute work.

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Dan Byfield of American Stewards of Liberty speaking on property rights

Dr. Mark Swening performing necropsy on goat

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Hoof trimming in the Spin Doctor

DR. GARY NEWTON, RESEARCH DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL GOAT CENTER, PVAMU

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from the Bending Tree Ranch family located in
beautiful north central Arkansas

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May you find beauty in all of God’s creation. May your breedings be successful and may you enjoy the bounty of God’s blessings .

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Myotonics, TMG’s™ as well as TexMasters™ available year round.

For more information on available goats please visit our website:www.bendingtreeranch.com or contact us privately at:

Pat Cotten 501-679-4936
Bending Tree Ranch located near Greenbrier, AR
or e-mail: bendingtreeranch@cyberback.com

For day to day happenings at BTR visit us at: www.cottenpatch.blogspot.com

 

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