May 12, 2014

Blog Birthday, Day 8 - Free Goat Form Printable

Welcome to Day 8 of my Blog Birthday! Today, May 12th, the Oak Hill Homestead blog is eight years old. My first post was published on May 12, 2006, a short text-only post about a tiny snapping turtle baby.

Today's post is also my 2,000th published post. What a coincidence, and very timely since I'm already celebrating, don't you think?



In honor of both milestones, I'd like to share with you the forms that I use in my goat record-keeping. These are pdf forms and can be printed out or saved to your computer. Feel free to print as many as you need. (The forms are copyrighted; they are free for your personal use, but please do not sell them or include them in a body of work that you sell.) I'm not talented in the graphics department so they are not awesome-looking or cute, but they serve their purpose: keeping track of things that need to be kept track of.


Goat Chart - this sheet has space for the goat's name, date of birth, purchase information, description and more at the top, a pedigree chart in the center, and a place at the bottom to add the goat's photo.


Kidding Record - use one sheet per doe to record her kidding history. Spaces for the date bred, date kidded, number and sex of kids, kids' names, etc. Use as many lines as needed each year.


Record of Progeny - use one sheet per buck to record which does he was bred to each year, how many buck and doe kids were born, etc.


Medical Record - I use this one to note the date kids were disbudded and by whom, when vaccines were given, when the goat was wormed, and any injuries or illnesses and how they were treated. It isn't really goat-specific so you can use it for dogs, cats, horses or whatever animal you might have.


All week I've been featuring "eights" in honor of my blog's eighth birthday, but that's just four items, so I'm linking to a few more things you might want to print out for your notebook. Please note that these items are copyrighted by their creators.

I also print out a weight chart such as this one from Goat Connection for each goat. When I use my dressmaker's tape to measure the goat, I circle the corresponding weight on the chart and jot down the date next to it. It's important to know approximately how much your goat weighs so you can give the correct dose of medication or wormer when needed. It can be helpful to weigh even adult goats several times a year, as their weight will fluctuate with the seasons, kidding, and lactation.


Milk Production Record Sheet - I don't keep detailed records of how much milk my does produce. I milk once a day, in the morning, and the kids nurse all day long, so the amount of milk in the pail isn't always the same. Rather than weigh each doe's milk in pounds, I measure in quart jars, so I know that a doe is producing "about two quarts" or so. However, if you prefer to keep better track of things than I do, you'll probably love this form from MigMog Acres.

Here is an article describing how, and a diagram showing where to give injections to goats, from Raising Goats for Dummies (affiliate link).

Thank you for celebrating Oak Hill Homestead blog's eighth birthday with me! I hope you've enjoyed the past week of "eights". I'm thankful for all of you who join me here each day.




Related Posts:
Recordkeeping on the Homestead, Part One




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18 comments:

  1. I fall short in keeping records, we don't have goats but I try to keep records of our gardens. Your forms are a great way to be organized about keeping track of your goats.

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  2. Thank you, Nancy. I like that you keep gardening records.

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  3. Happy Birthday to You! Your farm could be a zoo.... You have a great goat herd, and are blessed by the Lord.

    Well, it almost rhymes.....Congratulations, Kathi!

    Fern

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    1. I love that, Fern! Thank you for that smile. :-)

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  4. I am not a great record keeper. I try to be better every year, but always fall short!
    These printables look great!
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks, Sandra. Just keep plugging away at that record-keeping. Sketchy records are better than no records.

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  5. Pinned it! Thanks for sharing! I am so behind on sheep paperwork this year...

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  6. This is so useful! I really want goats, but our HOA just took my chickens so I'm pretty sure I would be in major trouble with goats. We are looking for land so hopefully it is in my future!

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  7. Oh Heidi, I'm so sorry the HOA took your chickens! I hope you're able to find land soon.

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  8. Congrats on all your posts...I enjoy them

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  9. Kathi, Thanks for all the information you share. FYI - I couldn't access the first four links.

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  10. Congratulations Kathi!!! What an inspiration and accomplishment! :)

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  11. Congratulations! You always provide so much valuable information!

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  12. Great resources, Kathi! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Thanks, Lisa. I hope they are helpful!

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