Onion Creek Ranch, Lohn, Texas



Suzanne W. Gasparotto
300 Happy Ridge Rd
Briggs, Tx 78608
Phone 512-265-2090

Originators of TexMaster™ Meat Goats
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Briggs, Texas
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Onion Creek Ranch
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Taking reservations for
GoatCamp™ 2019
Oct 28-31, 2019

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Come join us for an educational event designed with the Commercial Meat Goat Producer in mind. 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.

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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
  • DALE WEISE OF TEXAS VET LAB, SAN ANGELO, TX
 

Classroom Instruction Alternating with Hands-On Work with Onion Creek Ranch Goats 

TUITION  PER STUDENT - $400.00 IF RECEIVED ON OR BEFORE 10-1-19

$425.00 IF RECEIVED AFTER 10-1-19

Registration Form ONLINE

for Additional Information

Suzanne Gasparotto - 512-265-2090 (Texas) onioncreek@tennesseemeatgoats.com

GOATCAMP™ "NEED to KNOW" NOTES...

During GoatCamp™ all Campers are responsible for their own housing, transportation, and evening meals. We provide lunch and continental breakfast.

OCR is a working goat ranch. Weather can be hot, cold, dry, wet, dusty, windy, or muddy in Texas in October.

     All Campers must bring:

  • Boots, hats, and gloves
  • Jackets and long-sleeved shirts
  • Laptop computer or internet and flashdrive capable device
  • Bug Spray and sunblock

*Do not bring alcohol beverages of any kind onto Ranch property*

Please extend the courtesy of not using cell phones during Camp activities. Cameras are welcome.

Fire is a constant and deadly threat in Texas. For the safety of all involved,
smoking is ONLY allowed in a restricted limited area for fire-control purposes.

 

DIRECTIONS TO ONION CREEK RANCH... 

GoatCamp™ will be held at the new ranch location NW of Austin in Briggs, TX in 2018. 

If traveling south on I-35, turn west and go through Killeen-Copperas Cove on Hwy 190. Turn on FM 2657, travel 1.8 miles west of Oakalla, and turn left onto Happy Ridge Rd. Last road
on the left near the end of this 1/2 mile long private road is the Onion Creek Ranch entrance.

If traveling south on US 183, turn east (left) at Briggs on FM 2657 and travel 6.2 miles, turning right on Happy Ridge Rd.

If traveling through Austin, Take toll road US 183 north and turn right at Briggs onto FM 2657. Go 6.2 miles and turn right on Happy Ridge Rd.

PLACES TO STAY...

Copperas Cove is the closest town only 9 miles east of Onion Creek Ranch. Lots of places to stay and eat. I've made arrangements with Super 8 Motel, part of the Wyndham Hotel Group, for a special rate for GoatCamp(tm) attendees. $54.99 plus tax for a king or double. It is clean, well lit, neat, well managed, with WiFi and cable TV and continental breakfast included. Steve Patel is the owner/manager 254 577 4116. Great Italian restaurant Giovanni's across the street on east side of traffic light. If you want a more upscale motel, Killeen to the east has a Holiday Inn Express and other motels.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU ARRIVE...

• Camp greeters will direct students to parking and registration
 
• Students will register at the GoatCamp™ building and receive their name tags, workbooks, pens, catalog & Jeffers gift bags, as well as the itinerary for the week.
 
• Light snacks and beverages will be provided at morning and afternoon breaks.
 
• The Camp Store will be open before and after classes. A variety of terrific apparel, visors, stationery, cards/envelopes, mugs and much more will be available.
 
 
 
• The GoatCamp™ 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.

CANCELLATION POLICY FOR GOATCAMP™

  • Cancellations after Aug 1: Forfeiture of 50% of tuition; refund of remaining 50%.
  • Cancellations after Sep 1: Forfeiture of entire tuition.
 
 

GOATCAMP™ TESTIMONIAL:

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.

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