Goat Collars

We mentioned the new goat collars in the post about our goat photoshoot, but we didn’t explain why the collars all look different, and why that’s important.

When we were talking about getting collars for our goats, we realized that we could use them as a tool. We figured out a system, and now, just by looking at a goat, I can tell you who the parents of that particular goat are. The color of the collar tells us who the dam is, and the color of the words tell us who the sire is.

We began by taking the older goats and assigning them a color.  We chose pink for Zuzu – the matriarch of one of our goat families.  And made her letters brown because we like how that looks. LOL

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But other than the senior does, everybody’s collar color is based on their heritage.

For example, Tapioca’s collar is light blue, with green letters. The light blue tells me that she’s out of the Payton line (since Payton’s color is light blue) and the green tells me that her sire is Panini. (If you really want to get detailed, her Dam is Thalia, Payton’s daughter, and I know that because her name starts with a T.)  Tapioca is chewing on her twin’s collar, which is the same color as hers. The only difference is that her twin’s collar says “Tempest” instead of “Tapioca”!

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Now that you know what the different colors mean, take a look at this picture. Each group of collars is a different family. If you see a collar that is a different color, it just means that goat has an identical twin and we made the collar slightly different so we could tell them apart more easily. I’m holding our buck collars – see how they’re brown, with different colored letters? The letter colors tell us the buck’s color.

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What do you think of our system? Do you think it’s too complicated, or do you think it’s cool?

I love it, because all I have to do is memorize which color belongs to which of our senior does, and with a glance at a goat’s collar, I can tell you who they are. It’s really handy when we’re working on breeding plans, because we can see who the goat can’t be bred to with just a single glance.

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We’ve only had the collars on the goats for a few days, but it’s been great!

When people come on tours they can see the names of the goats, and call them by name. Both the goats (yes, they do know their names) and the people love it!

Brett

 

 

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  • Margare

    What a great idea! I vote for cool!

    • goatmilkstuff

      Thanks! It’s working out really well. PJ

  • Hi! is there anyway I could link you on my blog?? http://ashleyreneekuntz.blogspot.com . I just got it up and running and it’s basically alot of giveaways and freebies, but there are reviews and animal stuff too (vet tech student lol). Anyways, if its ok with you I’ll just be putting up a link on my side bar to your store, since I haven’t tried any of your stuff yet. ;D Let me know! Thaaanks!! (I miss making soap sooo much!)

    • goatmilkstuff

      Hi Ashley – yes, you can link to us. 🙂 PJ

  • Connie

    How many people do you need for a tour?

  • Michelle Lindsay Bibby

    I love reading about your business and goat adventures. Where did you get these custom goat collars?

    • goatmilkstuff

      We got them at: http://www.hotdogcollars.com/
      Tell them Goat Milk Stuff sent you. 🙂
      PJ

      • Michelle Lindsay Bibby

        Thank you so much PJ! I just ordered two for our goats Milkdud and Skittles.

        • goatmilkstuff

          That’s awesome! 🙂 PJ

  • slconfidential

    What happens if they switch collars? 🙂 Very good system, seem complicated but once you know the goats, you can figure it out very easily. Good job.