September 2011 Issue

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Don't miss Goat Camp™ 2011 The week of October 24th
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PHOTOS FROM AROUND THE RANCH

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OCR Nan and OCR Nettie, the Grand Dame Tennessee Meat Goats™ at Onion Creek Ranch.

Guess their ages. You won't be able to guess correctly. Nan will be 18 years old this year and Nettie will be 15. Both does kidded in early 2011.

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Tennessee Meat Goat™ does coming into the pen from the drought-stricken W Texas pasture

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Anatolian Shepherd livestock guardian dogs "Alfred," at 15 months of age, and "Mimi," who is 11-1/2 years old.

Last Call! Goat Camp™ 2011

GOAT CAMP™ 2011

Come join us at Onion Creek Ranch north of Brady, Texas for the week of Oct 24-28, 2011 for an all breed educational event designed with all types of meat goat producers in mind with focus on commercial production. Learn about:

  • Breeding, Kidding, Kid care
  • Tubing, injections
  • Nutrition, Balancing and formulating rations
  • Hoof trimming, hoof care
  • Necropsy
  • Tattooing, ear tagging
  • Diseases affecting goats
  • Drawing blood, disease testing
  • FAMACHA training, reading fecals
  • Selecting goats for breeding, market sales, etc
  • Marketing your animals
  • Routine handling, restraints
  • Humane slaughter demonstration
  • Private Property rights
  • and much more, all on a working goat ranch.

The GOATCAMP™ Instructors

  • MARK SWENING, DVM - VETERINARIAN, Coleman, Texas Vet Clinic
  • JAMES MILLER, DVM, LSU - PARASITOLOGIST
  • KENT MILLS, HI PRO FEEDS - NUTRITIONIST
  • DAN BYFIELD, AMERICAN LAND FOUNDATION - PROPERTY RIGHTS & LEGISLATIVE ISSUES
  • BOB GLASS, PAN AMERICAN VET LABORATORY - SERUM DIAGNOSTICS
  • SUZANNE GASPAROTTO, ONION CREEK RANCH
  • PAT COTTEN, BENDING TREE RANCH
  • LOU NUTI, PhD REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY, PRAIRIE VIEW A&M UNIVERSITY
  • GARY NEWTON, PhD, DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL GOAT CENTER, PVAMU UNIVERSITY
  • JIM BOB HARRIS, OWNER, TEXAS VET LAB, SAN ANGELO, TEXAS

* The GoatCamp™2011 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 onioncreek@tennesseemeatgoats.com. We'd like to know a little bit about your experience with goats (or lack thereof) and why you'd like to become an Intern. Persons with no experience with goats are encouraged to attend as paying students; much of the work of an Intern has to do with the operation of GoatCamp™ and not directly with goats.

* GoatCamp™2011 is limited to 25 students

* Classroom instruction alternating with hands-on work with Onion Creek Ranch goats

TUITION PER STUDENT - $350.00

Registration Form ONLINE on the GoatCamp™ page at www.tennesseemeatgoats.com.

For additional information, contact Suzanne Gasparotto 325-344-5775 or email her at onioncreek@tennesseemeatgoats.com

Some photos below of previous years at GoatCamp™

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Suzanne and OCR Victor

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Bob Glass of Pan American Vet Lab near Austin, Texas discussed the availability and importance of blood testing for various goat diseases. His lab provides inexpensive tests to producers.

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in OCR pasture identifying plants with 'Campers

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Bob Glass and Pat Cotten drawing blood

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Dr. Mark Swening of the Coleman Texas Veterinary Clinic (Onion Creek Ranch vet) spoke about goat behavior and how it relates to goat health. Dr. Swening euthanized a terminally-ill goat and did a necropsy for all students to view; he explained the various organs and issues related to this buckling's illness.

 

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