After I talked about my calendar in our last post, I had a lot of questions on where I got it from. To be honest, I made it myself. In the past year, I’ve done a lot of Pinteresting (is that even a word?) to try to find a way to keep better records on my expanding cattle herd. And I couldn’t find a darn thing I liked! So I just went on a little learning journey and decided to make my own. (Which you can have as your own here!)
Before we start on this little tour, I have a confession to make. I LOVE binders and all things floral. So I made it exactly how I wanted it, with the ability to be printed off on any paper, three hole punched and BOOM, my average binder is turned into something that I want to show off everyday. Both Dad and JD think the floral is overkill but let me tell you, our records this year are the best they have ever been. It’s because of the floral.
This is just your average three ring binder turned beautiful. In the future, I plan to keep our garden records in it and eventually expand into planting and harvesting records too, so its about a 1 inch one.
But I don’t have all those sections done yet, so back to cattle!
I also have a love of all things matching so I used the same flowers throughout and plan to do so through the whole year of 2018.
This is what I call our Year Overview. Since we calve in the fall, our ‘year’ is kinda like a standard school year. I consider it starting when the first calf hits the ground in August, which explains why I put 2017-2018 in the top corner, not just 2018. This page is just for the overall details and I keep one for each herd. I love being able to refer back to this page when we are looking for overall numbers and has helped us multiple times about all things vaccinations.
Next is the calendar that I showed off in the last post. This is where I keep monthly reminders, AKA worming the horses and giving Harley her flea and tick medicine. I also keep dates here, such as when we vaccinated, when we will turn them out on pasture, if we doctored a particular calf, things like that.
This one is my favorite! The Calf Log! We STRUGGLE so much with who has calves, when they had them, and just keeping track of all of that info. Oh how I wish I would have had this at the beginning of calving season, so I could have just filled out the first line with all the numbers of mamas that were going to calve and we could have easily documented them from there! Next year we will be ready! As you can see, I am still filling in a lot of blanks on Dad’s herd but overall, it will give us a lot better records for the future.
I suspect that I will need to add and adjust some things in the future, but I am so incredibly happy with how this cattle planner is working so far! Any suggestions on things you think I should add or change? Let me know! I’d love to hear from you!