MYO Animal Records Quick Reference {free printable}



I like to be organized. I like for my home and farmstead to work like a well-oiled machine. I’ll bet you already knew that about me though. I’ve been noodling organizational ideas that extend beyond the inside of my home to the outside, and this one is a really great idea.

MYO Animal Records and Quick Reference - Stone Family Farmstead

This idea came about when I was chatting with my friend Stacey from Mr. Joe’s Farm (have you been there yet, SoCal people?), and she shared that she wanted to have a notebook to keep track of her 100+ animals on her farm. Things can get super busy at her place and it would be nice for her to have a notebook where either she or the volunteers on her farm could turn to the page of the animal they are servicing and make notes on what they did (trim hooves, administer medications, check for mites, etc.). We talked for a while about how she’d like for the page to be set up, and then I went to work on it.

After a couple of attempts at creating something workable for her, I finally landed on a template that would enable her to fill in all of the pertinent information about the animal (name, species, breed, birth date, and other specifics). The template also has a grid that can be used to hand write any treatments or services done on the animal. The grid is located on the bottom 2/3 of the first page, and on the whole second page, which can be printed on the back of page one.

Even though we don’t have 100+ animals, I thought it would be a great idea to get into the habit of using these forms here at Stone Family Farmstead. So I pulled out all of my animal records that I had collected over the years and stored in an accordion file and got to transferring the information that I thought would be handy to have in my book.

Quick Animal Reference Guide - Stone Family Farmstead

Besides the main body of information that will be recorded for each animal, I transferred information like when we acquired each animal (and how), when they had their vaccinations, when they were spayed or neutered, what happened when I treated them for specific issues, and other similar information. This information would help me to know when it’s time for more vaccinations, or what I did in the past for an animal with a recurring issue (like Alice and her GI issues).

Once I completed a page for each animal, I set up some dividers for each species, I 3-hole punched all the pages and placed them all in one of those report folders with the brads inside. Now I have a quick reference that I can carry out to the barn to make notes, or refresh my memory on a specific treatment for one of our animals.

Animal Records and Quick Reference Notbook

It is a supreme pleasure for Stacey and myself to make this Animal Record page available to you for your farmstead. We are both very interested in teaching other farmers, homesteaders, and livestock owners the skills we learn, in hopes that it will make all of your lives easier, and your farmsteads work better and more efficiently.

CLICK HERE to download the Animal Notebook Word file

If you have any questions or comments to share about our form, please feel free to leave one below. Enjoy the form and your new farmstead organizational skill!

Shared at Good Morning Mondays, Art of Homemaking Mondays, Make Your Home Sing Mondays, Homemade Mondays, MisAdventures Monday, Tuesdays with a Twist, Maple Hill Hop, Homestead Blog Hop, Wildcrafting Wednesday, Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop, Weekend Blog Hop, Awesome Life Friday, Farm Girl Friday, From the Farm, Front Porch Friday, Old Fashioned Friday



 
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Kristi Stone

Kristi Stone

Honestly? I'm the author of this blog...sometimes. My family and I live in Sunny Southern California on a one acre hobby farm where we are working diligently to one day produce our dairy, eggs, and produce. That takes A LOT of work, so if you don't hear from me as soon as you'd like, give me a shout out in the comments and I'll chat back as soon as I can between the garden, goat kids, chickens, husband, human kids, and playing with my grandboy, Kieran. And in the mean time, if you'd like to see more frequently what goes on at our farm, please feel free to join my Facebook group (see the right column) where I am more active. I'd love to get to know you! 🙂
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  1. This is awesome! I will have to download this and start using it for my own records. I was just keeping track using excel but this is much better. Like that you can add photos. Helpful – thanks!

    Carole

  2. I have a similar form for my homestead. I like that you keep them all in one notebook – mine are in notebooks by species but I’ve downsized quite a bit and I’m sure it would all fit in one binder. One would be easier to keep up with!

    • Hi Kathi! Oh yes—one book is much easier. This notebook queen has learned her limitations and decided that this is just fine (versus the pretty, fancy binders I used to make). I really like the ease of just jotting stuff down for each animal without having to switch books.

  3. You are so organized, Kristi! I also really liked the previous post you linked up at My Flagstaff Home about using all of the harvest. There wasn’t a place to comment, but I pinned that to my Garden Harvest board on Pinterest.

    Jennifer

  4. What a great idea. Thank you for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

  5. Hey Kristi,

    Just wanted to let you know that you’re being featured again at the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home. Be sure to come by on Thursday evening.

    Jennifer

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