"Record keeping speeds stock improvement" - this statement comes from an old (1949) circular from the Oregon State College extension experiment station. It is certainly true 69 years later. Kerry is hard at work today on our end of year record keeping.
We bred three more ewes yesterday. So much thought and discussion is put into choosing breeding partners and being able to review records helps!
We keep a record on each ewe called a "ewe lifetime record" which tracks information across multiple seasons of lambing. There is also less formal information and notes recorded on the rams, which ewes they breed with and the lambs produced. Of course the ram records depend ultimately on the ewe records!
There are lambing records and health records and production records. Then there are records for income and costs, the basic flock financial and production records. Some shepherds use computer systems, but our flock is small enough that a couple of notebooks takes care of it for now.
I would be so interested to hear what other flock managers do for record-keeping. How do you all keep things straight?
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