2016 brought a ton of changes for our family. One of those changes was the addition of 5 sweet & spunky goats to our homestead. We have a Boer as our herd sire, 3 Nubian does, and 1 Boer doe. We will be adding more does throughout the year and we expect our Nubians to kid very soon! Then it’s milkin’ time!!
Meet the girls…and guy!
- CT (Chocolate Thunder)-our herd sire who is a stout Red African Boer
- FeeBee– a beautiful registered Nubian
- Jewel– a feisty spotted Nubian who is about 2x times the size of Feebee (and 3x Greta)
- Belle– a little bitty Boer doe
- Greta– a super sweet grey & brown Nubian doe
Now that we have introductions out of the way I have a few questions for you…
- When was the last time you dewormed your goats?
- Did you vaccinate the new goat in your herd?
- How much medication did you give as treatment for that abscess last month?
- How many kids did your girls have in 2016?
- Did they have more or less than previous years?
- What ratio of bucks to does have you gotten from your herd sire?
- Are you safe to start milking your doe or is she still in the withdrawal period from a medication that she was given recently?
If you are like me, then you have trouble remembering all of these details correctly. You are also like me if you are serious about taking great care of your goats & making a profitable small business out of your herd. Raising livestock isn’t meant to be a guessing game so why keep guessing and losing money (and possibly losing goats) when you can get your stuff together with a couple of spreadsheets? I created this set of Small Herd Goat Records so that I can be as effective as possible with my herd.
How to Use these Goat Records
The General Goat Record is where you can keep information like name, breed, registration, pedigree, and a photo. Add who you bought the goat from or if the goat was born on your farm here as well. This is a good idea for traceability if a buyer wants to know bloodlines or if a goat gets sick and you need to check for genetic dispositions to certain illnesses.
Keep track of all medications used, illnesses treated, and visits to the vet with the Medical Record.
Each doe has her own Kidding Record sheet. Each time she kids you can document her breeding & kidding dates as well as the number, sex, and birth weights of the kids.
Your buck has made his rounds… now what? Now you write down his shenanigans on the Buck Progeny sheet! Enter the breeding date & which doe he bred. I like to enter estimated due date in the notes section. When the doe kids, write down the kid info on this sheet as well.
Download my Small Herd Goat Records in the Member Freebie Library! A password is required for download. Check your email for that password after signing up as a Faithful Farmwife member!