Other common names: TexMaster
The TexMaster Meat Goat™ is a new, composite breed which was created in the United States in 1995 by combining the Tennessee Meat Goat™ with Boer goats. According to the Onion Creek Ranch, which developed and trademarked the breed, "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."
Appearance / health:
TexMaster Meat Goats™ are short legged, deep and wide bodied, and carry lots of meat (muscling).
Goats are sensitive animals that can suffer from various infectious and chronic diseases that are sometimes undetected until too late. Vaccinations, as well as de-worming and de-lousing applications must be conducted as needed. Milking goats should be checked regularly using prescribed mastitis tests for udder health. Milking areas should always be clean and the goat’s teats treated with teat dip after milking to prevent mastitis.
Goats must be inspected frequently to detect any signs of poor health, infections, or other ailments. Signs include cloudy or teary eyes, dull or fluffed up coat, droopy tail, hunched back, or poor appetite. A veterinarian should always be on call to address health concerns.
Housing / diet:
As herd animals, goats are best kept in pairs or groups. As grazers, they require an outdoor habitat that is securely fenced to prevent escape or foraging in restricted areas. The area should be large enough to allow the goat to roam. The recommended habitat per goat is 200 sq. ft. of yard or pasture plus a sheltered or indoor area of about 15 sq. ft. The sheltered area should be adequately built to keep the goats safe from rain and strong winds.
Keeping goats inside the house is not recommended because of the pet’s tendency to gnaw and chew on furniture and furnishings. Goats are also not known to adhere to toilet training.
The ideal food for domesticated goats is alfalfa hay and grass hay. This should be available daily in quantities of at least 3% of the goat’s body weight. Small quantities of feed grain and concentrates (often protein-enriched) like goat show or goat grain can also be given to add nutrition. Supplements are often used to address deficiencies inherent to local habitats.
Clean water is essential to a goat’s daily diet. It should always be available and provided where it cannot be soiled. Dirty and moldy water is hazardous to the goat’s health. Milking goats should be kept away from aromatic or strong-tasting foliage like garlic, onions, mint, and cabbage, which could taint the flavor of the milk.
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TexMasters™ - a Lower Cost (to raise), Higher Quality Meat Goat
The TexMaster™ is, in my opinion, the best meat goat to raise if you prefer enjoying them over working them. The breed was created by Onion Creek Ranch to take advantage of the Myotonic qualities of a higher meat-to-bone ratio (4:1, while other breeds are 3:1 or less), tendencies toward parasite resistance, lower incidence of hoof-related problems, excellent kidding traits and mothering abilites, and overall hardiness and thriftiness in forage only situations (It is a given that a quality goat mineral, hay, and clean water are always available regardless of forage or feed choices.). The Myotonic is naturally slower to mature than other breeds, simply because it takes longer to put a pound of muscle on a goat than it does to add body frame, skin, or fat, hence the Boer influence with the TexMaster™. The added bit of Boer gives a faster-maturing market kid without sacrificing too much of the Myotonic muscling. TexMaster’s™ are built compact, deep and wide, tend to have thinner skin than other breeds, and they accumulate less exterior body fat than other breeds. This means less waste on the slaughter floor and more money in your pocket, as buyers do pay a premium for this type of kid.
To address the lower ratings more specifically:
Ease of Handling: TexMasters™ are larger goats and can be dangerous without meaning to be. We have never had a mean TexMaster™ or Myotonic, but anything of size can hurt you if it is frightened. Our children and visitors have been taught never to pet a goat through the fence and to ALWAYS be aware of those horns!
Showing: TexMasters™ make great market and commercial animals, but many judges are not used to seeing these more compact types and may score them lower because they don’t fit the image they are used to seeing. True meat judges LOVE a good TexMaster™!
Growth Rate: See above comments
Tolerance for Cold: I know a lady in Alaska who successfully raises them in -40 degree temps. The main problem is respiratory illness if barns are not properly vented and when damp goats are exposed to wind and get chilled. Of course this is also problem with any breed of goat.
Milk Production: If you want to milk your TexMasters™ (we have) that is fine, but don’t expect enough from one goat to feed your family and the kids they are trying to raise. Myotonics and TexMasters™ have “milk on demand” udders, which are smaller than dairy goats, but refill faster. This is a plus in brushy, thorny areas as the udder is carried high and will get scratched or damaged less often than dairy goats with large, pendulous udders.
Fiber Quality: Goats produce hair and milk at the expense of muscling. TexMasters™ have been bred for meat qualities, so fiber quality may be there in certain individuals, but it isn’t consistent across the breed.
TexMasters™ are perfect for breeders with a laissez faire style of herd management (hands-off, least amount of intervention possible). All goats require a higher degree of care than cattle and other larger livestock. Their metabolism is higher which means they can get sick faster and can die faster if the problem is not promptly addressed, and they do need occasional hoof trims and parasite control. But if you let your goats be goats, provide the essentials in the way of clean water, hay, protein, and parasite management, and NEVER keep more goats than your land can support, TexMasters™ will provide a superior product in the way of marketable kids (twins and occasionally triplets are the norm), with the least cost and input of any other meat goat breed. So if you prefer a more intensive style of herd management with high feed inputs and minimal graze/browse, this is NOT the breed for you.
From CartAngel Acres Oct 12 2010 4:19PM