A goat health record form (template) is extremely useful for keeping track of your goats’ overall health.
We have too many goats for me to reliably remember exactly when I’ve given each shot or supplement, or when each goat has freshened, so it’s important for me to document it.
I find that if I don’t promptly document everything on each goat’s health record, then I forget exactly when I did things.
What Should Be Recorded
Things like registration numbers, CD&T & BoSe shots (see CD/T & BoSe Injections For Goats), worming dates, breeding dates, kidding dates, number of kids, copper bolusing, and annual disease testing are all things that need to be documented all year long.
It’s also a good idea to keep records on feeding, milk production, and show awards.
Bramblestone Farm’s Goat Health Form
The form shown below is one that I developed to record all the essential goat health information on our farm.
I use this form for keeping health records for the goats. It can be downloaded here if you’re interested in modifying it for your own use (it’s in Microsoft Office Word).
On this example form, I’ve entered example information, just delete that and modify it however you wish for your own goats.
This goat health record form seems to cover the basic information that I need. If you come up with other suggestions or ideas for a better design, let me know! We find that keeping current with the annual vaccinations, health supplements, bolusing, and worming (as needed) really pays off in the health and appearance of our 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. I find myself spending more time trying to figure out when I did things versus just recording it in the first place!