Tatooing Kids

Tattoing dairy goat kids is a necessary task when raising dairy goats if you want them to be registered with the ADGA (American Dairy Goat Association) or other associations. The kids should be tatooed about 4-6 days after birth, and no later than 10 days after birth. If the doe was given 2cc of CDT one month before her due date, the kid should have enough CDT in his/her body that passed from the doe into him or her. If the doe missed her CDT shot, give the kid tetanus antitoxin on the day it is born so it is protected from getting tetanus from the tattooing. You will need to purchase a goat tattoo kit which you can use every year. The association you belong to will assign you a herd ID or you can use your initials with the last two digits of your birth year. These will be tattooed in the goat's right ear. In the goat's left ear, put the birth year letter and the number which will identify which goat it is for that particular year's birthing. For example, if it is the first kid born that year, you could use the number 1, the second kid born that year could be number 2 and so on. Your association can let you know what letter the current year is. For instance, the ADGA uses the letter "E" for kids born in 2014. In 2015 the letter will be "F", and so forth.

Have someone else help you by having them hold the kid, and keeping their head steady. Before you tattoo the kid's ears, clean the ears with rubbing alcohol. Rub in the green dye, then clamp between the veins. After you clamp it, rub more dye in, and then wipe the dyed area with a clean toothbrush. The dye will come off of their ears in a few days. If you are going to put a tag in the kid's ear, make a note of where you want the tattoo and the ear tag to go before you put either of them in so you will have room for both. It is a good idea to make sure the numbers and/or letters are in the tongs correctly by testing them on a piece of paper first.

 

“Know well the condition of your flocks, and pay attention to your herds.”  (Proverbs 27:23)

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