Septermber 2010 Issue



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Subscribe FREE now! Monthly issues with new articles and other educational information on meat goat health, nutrition, and management written by Suzanne W. Gasparotto of Onion Creek Ranch and Pat Cotten of Bending Tree Ranch. In all cases, it is your responsibility to obtain veterinary services and advice before using any of the information provided in these articles. Neither Suzanne Gasparotto nor Pat Cotten are veterinarians. None of the contributors to this website will be held responsible for the use of any information contained herein.


Back in 1995, five years after I had begun raising fullblood Myotonics and about nine months after I bought Boers from New Zealand, I began to wonder what the big deal was about Boers as "meat" goats. My Myotonics had more meat on them and were much easier to manage, cheaper to feed, and had much less difficulty kidding. So I posed the following question to myself: Why can't I take the more heavily muscled fullblood Myotonic buck, breed him to a Boer doe, and start creating a MEAT goat with more of the meat that my Myotonics had and a bit faster growth rate offered by the Boer?

So in the summer of 1995, I started this multi-year process of creating the best commercial meat goat breed. I trademarked the name TexMaster™and the beginnings of a new breed was born.

NOTE: TexMasters™ are not simply a crossing of Myotonic and Boer. Producers cannot duplicate what I've done without spending many years of crossing, evaluating, re-crossing, re-evaluating, and heavily culling at every breeding. As a rule of thumb, a minimum of seven generations of breeding is required to develop an animal which breeds true. Breeding true means that the offspring consistently reproduce similar characteristics, i.e. they produce traits that are similar enough to be called a BREED. I have now been breeding TexMasters(tm) for 15 years. That's a whole lot of breedings and cullings.

The resulting TexMaster™ goat is significantly Myotonic; only Tennessee Meat Goat™ and OCR Myotonic bucks were used as foundation sires. Just enough Boer was used to put a slightly faster growth rate on the offspring. The precise amount of Myotonic to Boer is a secret known only to me.

The TexMaster™ breed retains the hardiness of the Myotonic influence with excellent mothering instincts, ease of kidding, lower maintenance and most importantly the higher meat-to-bone ratio.

If you desire to register these goats, Pedigree International operates the TexMaster™ registry.

TexMasters™ are in use in large commercial herds throughout this country. Go to to read testimonials to this fine breed.

If you are interested in buying TexMasters™, contact Suzanne W. Gasparotto or Pat Cotten. OCR Marketing Director Pat Cotten is located at Bending Tree Ranch in Arkansas at or call Pat at 1-501-679-4936. Suzanne can be reached at or call 1-325-344-5775. If you can't reach one of us, contact the other. We are in contact daily, share information about all inquiries, and work together to fill orders.

texteaser1 Suzanne W. Gasparotto
Onion Creek Ranch
TexMaster™ Meat Goats


Example of TexMaster™ does at Onion Creek Ranch


Don't miss Goat Camp™ 2010 October 25 - October 29
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Bending Tree Ranch Murphy
TexMaster™ buck

Normal Values for Goats

  • Temperature - 101.5º to 103.5º
  • Pulse 60 - 90 beats per minute
  • Rumen Contractions - 1 - 2 per minute
  • Gestation - 150 days
  • Heat cycle 21 days
  • Sexual maturity 3-5 months

GoatCamp2010™ October 25-29, 2010 Onion Creek Ranch near Lohn Texas

The Ninth Annual GoatCamp™ will be held at Onion Creek Ranch near Lohn, Texas from Monday, October 25 through Friday, October 29, 2010.

This is an all meat-breed event for both beginners and experienced producers. Attendance is limited to 25 students. Classroom instruction alternates with hands-on work with Onion Creek Ranch goats.

Learn about breeding, kidding, and kid care; goat management in a working goat ranch setting; stomach tubing adults & kids; injections; nutrition; formulating and balancing feed rations; hoof care and trimming; eartagging; tattooing; diseases and treatments; drawing blood for disease testing; FAMACHA testing and other information on internal parasites; doing and reading fecals; necropsy; selecting for breeding and market sales; routine handling and restraints; marketing your animals; humane slaughter; private property issues affecting goat ranchers, sample a variety of dishes made with goat meat, and much more . . . all on a working meat-goat ranch.


Don't miss Goat Camp™ 2010 October 25 - October 29
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The GOATCAMP™ Instructors include Mark Swening, DVM, Coleman Vet Clinic, Coleman, Texas; James Miller, DVM, parasitologist, Louisiana State University; Kent Mills, nutritionist, HiPro Feeds; Ed Lehigh, Vice President, Colorado Serum; Bob Glass, Pan American Vet Laboratory; Lou Nuti, PhD Reproductive Biology, Prairie View A&M University; Gary Newton, PhD, Director International Goat Research Center, Prairie View A&M; Dan Byfield, American Stewards of Liberty; Suzanne Gasparotto, Onion Creek Ranch; and Pat Cotten, Bending Tree Ranch.

The GoatCamp™2010 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

Tuition per student is $350.00 for the full week, with a $250 tuition rate available for attending partner or spouse. Registration form is available online on the GoatCamp™ page at

For additional information,
contact Suzanne Gasparotto
325-344-5775 (Texas)



Contact Suzanne Gasparotto at
325-344-5775 for prices and availability.

Tennessee Meat Goats™ and TexMasters™ are usually available year round. Contact us for ages and pricing by calling 325-344-5775 or emailing

Teo is a mature TexMaster™ buck in his *working clothes.* Proven breeder. Out of OCR Therese and OCR Hayes. Excellent buck. Very muscled. Aggressive breeder.



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