A couple of years ago we added a new kiddo to our household and we added a small goat herd to our farm. These six sweet and spunky goats have since been sold to other local farms and replaced with a cattle herd, but I want to share them with you anyway. Our herd sire was a Red African Boer named CT or Chocolate Thunder…You can thank my husband for that creativity. We also had four Nubian does, and one Boer doe. Freda gave us a set of precious triplets and plenty of fresh, sweet, nutritious goat milk before she made her way to a new farm.
Meet the Herd:
- CT (Chocolate Thunder)-the 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)… You can see her scratching her back on the hut in the photo above.
- Belle– a little bitty Boer doe
- Greta– a super sweet grey & tan Nubian doe
- Freda- a well-built, black, registered Nubian who gave us a set of sweet triplets
Now that we have the 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 and 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 simple spreadsheets? I created this set of Small Herd Goat Records so that I could be as effective as possible with my herd and I want you to have them as well!
How to Use these Small Herd Goat Records
The General Goat Record is where you can keep information like your goat’s name, breed, registration ID, 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. I like to use this sheet even if I have an official pedigree. I keep the pedigree in a lock box for safe keeping while this sheet stays in my livestock binder.
This is where you can keep track of all of the medications the you used on each animal, the illnesses that were treated, and any visits to the vet.
Each doe has her own Kidding Record sheet. Each time she kids you can document her breeding and kidding dates as well as the number, sex, and birth weights of the kids.
Buck Progeny Record
Your buck has made his rounds… now what? Now you write down his shenanigans on the Buck Progeny sheet! Enter the breeding date and 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.
You can download this Small Herd Goat Record pack for FREE 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!
Looking for a more detailed farm record keeping resource?
Take a look at the comprehensive Homestead Mama Planning Pack. The Homestead Mama Planning Pack includes records for chickens, cattle, pigs, horses, rabbits, and honeybees along with the goat records. It is also packed full of gardening sheets and resources, goal setting and planning sheets, farm finance tracking, PLUS homemaking and homeschooling record keeping, planning pages, and resources!
A few other goat related posts that might interest you are:
- 10+ Dairy Goat Essentials for Your Small Goat Herd
- Giving Copper Bolus to Your Herd
- Natural Solutions for Your Goat Herd
- How to Drain an Abscess on a Goat- With Video
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