Winter and early spring are the time of year that I always find myself trying to update records, and make sure everything is in place for the coming year. It’s when I have a little downtime from goats, gardens, chickens, etc. and can focus on getting reorganized. This year seems to be no different, and I’m currently trying to get all the goat records in order.
The pregnant does are approaching a month from their due dates (here’s the kidding schedule), which means it’s time to do their annual CD/T shot, and also give another BoSe shot and copper bolus. The CD/T not only gives them immunity to overeating disease and tetanus, it also passes some immunity to the kids until they get their first shots. The BoSe and copper helps to insure they don’t suffer from any mineral deficiencies.
We now have too many goats for me to reliably remember exactly when I’ve given each shot or supplement, so it’s important for me to document it. To do that, I use a form (see example below) for keeping health records for the goats; and it can be downloaded here if anyone’s interested in modifying it for your own use (it’s in Microsoft Office Word). I’ve entered example information, just delete that and modify it however you wish for your own goats.
Keeping good records seems like such an inconsequential thing; however, it becomes so important over time. If I get lazy and don’t write things down, I’m always sorry later.