We just finished tattooing our last goat kids for the year, but I’ve already begun looking ahead to next year and what our kidding schedule will look like as well as supplies that we might need.
One of the things I check is whether we have the correct digits for tattooing the kids, but as you can see in the picture below, that wasn’t easy with my former method of storing tattoo digits – just a jumbled mess to sort through.
However, I remembered seeing a tip somewhere that suggested storing the digits in Styrofoam. This has proven to be a much easier system both when planning and tattooing the kids.
So, below is our current method for storing tattoo digits. Just insert the tattoo digit prongs into the Styrofoam, and they can be neatly organized so you see what you have. It also makes it much easier to find what you need to load the tattoo tool when it’s time to actually tattoo. The blank digits have no prongs so they still get stored in a little plastic container, but now they can easily be found too.
It’s easy for me to see whether we have the suggested tattoo letter for next year, and whether we’ll have enough digits to cover both the number of kids we expect and any duplicate letters needed. Just a nifty little reorganization that saves time!