Many people buy a goat weigh tape to weigh their goats. I have to watch pennies, so I used an “old-fashion” method of using a normal tape measure and a math formula. However, then I found this site and chart which is pretty accurate when comparing it to the long way of weighing the goats.
Since I want to breed them this fall due to the whole aspartame thing with the national dairy groups, I need to keep an accurate account of their weight. They need a minimum of 80-85 pounds before they can be bred. They have a 5 month gestational period. I do not want kids freezing to death, so I need to make sure that 1) they are ready for it and 2) they kid when the weather is becoming warmer.
I do monthly weighings to begin with just to make sure they’re on track with their development. They’re not always willing participants. In fact, most of the time they are a bit put out about it. This time, I went out to weigh them and as I’m measuring one, I feel a tug on my tape measure. Ignoring it, I re-measured the doe I was working with and felt another tug.
Looking at the dangling part of the tape measure, I see this:
I just looked at it, then the doe and back to the tape. She’d almost bitten through it within 10 seconds. I said, “Really?!” She stared at me and bleated. I translated it to “Yeah, really.”
That’s okay. Tomorrow she gets short tethered and will have her hooves trimmed. She hates it. Unfortunately for her, she desperately needs it.