TexMaster Meat Goats™.........developed by
Onion Creek Ranch
in Texas are THE solution for
EXCELLENT MOTHERING INSTINCTS/ABILITIES
Recognizing that there are many markets for meat goats demanding different sized animals, in 1995 we began crossing Tennessee Meat Goat™ bucks with Boer and Boer-cross does.
After many generations of cross breeding, this new composite breed has been trademarked by Onion Creek Ranch as the TexMaster™ Meat Goat. TexMaster™ is the result of many crossings of Tennessee Meat Goats™ with Boers. The resulting composite breed is significantly Myotonic, with just enough Boer to add a bit of faster growth. The precise breeding formula is proprietary to Onion Creek Ranch but the male used was always Myotonic or Tennessee Meat Goat™ in the development of the TexMaster™ breed. TexMasters™, like Tennessee Meat Goats™, may be registered with Pedigree International.
Article taken from the Onion Creek Ranch website entitled:
Which Breed do you Need?
Producers often ask which Onion
Creek Ranch breed will best put meat on the offspring of the does that they
already own. I recommend that commercial meat goat producers whose herd
influence is significantly Boer, Kiko, or any of the dairy breeds should upgrade
to Tennessee Meat Goat™ bucks to breed to their does. Since it doesn't take
much Boer influence to take the meat off the offspring and since Tennessee Meat
Goats™ have no Boer in them, Onion Creek Ranch's TMG bucks will best
accomplish that goal. Research has been done by Dr. Lou Nuti at
Tennessee Meat Goats™ are short
legged, deep and wide bodied, and carry lots of meat (muscling). They are built
like boxcars with legs. Because this is a body conformation unfamiliar to most
goat producers, buyers usually ask me to select breeding stock sires and dams
for them. The unique characteristics of this breed require producers owning
TMG's to educate others about their great value to the meat-goat business.
Tennessee Meat Goats™ are the Angus cattle of the goat world. In fact, TMG's
are the best meat goats on this planet.
People who don't yet own
goats but are searching for the breed to purchase for commercial production
should consider raising TexMasters™. I began developing this breed in 1995 to
meet the needs of the slaughter industry. The TexMaster™ incorporates the
heavier muscling found in Onion Creek Ranch Tennessee Meat Goats™ with the
slightly faster growth rate of the Boer. Producers breeding TexMasters™ can
expand into breeding TexMaster™ crosses -- 1/2, 3/4, 7/8, 9/16, 31/32
TexMasters™ -- thereby adding to the depth and breadth of the breed's genetic
look more like the meat goats that most people are used to seeing. This can be
important in areas of the country that are new to meat goats where buyers with
limited knowledge and experience are fixated on any goat having a white body and
a red head. The strong color patterns that carry through with even small amounts
of Boer genetics may give producers an additional sales tool in these young
markets, although it is also possible to get solid reds, solid blacks, and
various paint combinations. Further, TexMaster™ and TexMaster™ percentages
are proving to be good choices for people who want to participate in market goat
shows where meat on the animal is actually desirable. Myotonia usually breeds
out in the first cross, which means that (a) the percentage offspring won't
display myotonic characteristics -- the stiffening and relaxation that builds
muscles that means more meat but which may be considered a drawback in shows,
and (b) while the meat on these goats will be less than on Tennessee Meat Goats™,
TexMasters™ will definitely be meatier than any other breed or crossbreed of
goat in the show.
I do not sell
TMG's™ until they are one year of age because buyers cannot visualize what a
three-month-old weanling will look like when he is three to four years old --
even if I place a mature TMG™ buck beside the buckling. Tennessee Meat Goats™
achieve full frame size at about two years of age but continue filling out body
conformation until they are four years old. The analogy I often use to explain
this process is that a two-year old TMG™ is like a 16-year-old boy, while a
four-year-old Tennessee Meat Goat™ has filled out its frame like a 25-year-old
man. A young Tennessee Meat Goat™ carries the genetics needed to produce
quality offspring -- he doesn't have to be fully mature to produce outstanding
kids. TexMasters™ are available for purchase as young as weaning (three
months of age). I do not sell semen or embryos nor do I sell pregnant does or
provide live coverage breeding services. There are many sound reasons for these
policies to be in place which I will be happy to discuss with prospective
Tennessee Meat Goat™ is a designation given to fullblood Myotonics out of Onion Creek Ranch stock that are larger and more heavily muscled than the typical Myotonic goat. Not all kids born of TMG™ dams and sires qualify as TMG's™, but many of them do. Onion Creek Ranch has a certification program for TMG's™ that are born and raised at other locations that is available when the goats are 12 to 18 months of age; there is no cost for the service and it can be done without transporting the goat. Tennessee Meat Goats™ and TexMasters™ both have a significant role to play in the meat-goat world. While the appearance of TexMasters™ may be more familiar to the eye, understand that Tennessee Meat Goats™ have been the key to creating the TexMaster™ breed.
Please visit the Onion Creek Ranch website for more information on the Tennessee Meat Goat™, TexMasters™ and the Myotonic breed.
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