A couple of years ago 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, our prized Nubian, 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 about your small goat herd…
- 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 Record Book so that I could be as effective as possible with my herd and I want you to have them as well!
How to Use this Small Herd Goat Record Book
Goat Identification Record
The Goat Identification Record is where you can keep basic information like your goat’s name or ID, breed, registration information, 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.
Medical Treatment Record
Use the Medical Treatment Record to keep track of all of the medications and treatments that you use on each animal, the illnesses that were treated, and any visits to the vet. This sheet holds information that is vital if you plan to sell any of your goats, process them for meat, or milk any of your females.
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 was bred, the expected kidding date, and any notes relevant to the breeding. After kidding (if a pregnancy occurs from the listed breeding), you can enter the actual kidding date and the number of kids born out of that breeding.
The kidding record sheet is similar to the breeding record, but it focuses more on the progeny than the parents. Here, you can enter the dam & sire IDs, kidding date, kids’ names or IDs, the number of kids born, number of bucks and does, the birthweight of the kids, and any relevant notes.
Milk Production Record
If you are milking your females, it is a good idea to keep track of their production from day to day. This allows you to identify any potential issues (like a clogged duct or mastitis) quickly and it helps you to determine which females are the most productive. Simply enter the goat’s name at the top of the sheet and list the amount of milk produced in the morning and in the evening.
Follow this link to use my Goat Record Book on your homestead as well!
Looking for a more detailed farm record keeping resource?
Take a look at the Livestock Management Binder, the Homestead Management Binder as well as the comprehensive Homestead Mama Planning Pack.
- The Livestock Management Binder houses the Goat Record Book + Record Books for 7 other species: sheep, cattle, pigs, horses, chickens, rabbits, and honeybees! It also includes a few additional livestock record keeping sheets: Livestock Expenses, Livestock Addition and Losses, and a Livestock Feed Schedule.
- The Homestead Management Binder contains the entire Livestock Management Binder PLUS the Homestead Garden Planner, Homestead Goal & Project Planner, AND the Farm & Homestead Finance Tracker…everything you need to plan your homestead!
- The Homestead Mama Planning Pack includes the entire Homestead Management Binder as well as the Household Management Notebook AND the All-In-One Homeschool Planner.
Here are a few other goat related posts that might interest you:
- 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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