Tape measure to weigh goats

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by peggy, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. peggy

    peggy Senior Member

    Aug 10, 2010
    B.C. Canada
    I just wondered who all has used this method??? I did my girls today and according to the tape measure, they are bigger than I thought. thanks
     
  2. myfainters

    myfainters New Member

    Oct 29, 2009
    Lancaster, CA
    It usually works pretty well with dairy breeds but not meat breeds. :)
     

  3. NubianLover

    NubianLover New Member

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    Sep 19, 2010
    Nebraska
    Glad you asked, Peggy! I was wondering that, too.
    I bought one the other day, haven't tried it yet.
     
  4. Goat Crazy

    Goat Crazy New Member

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    Feb 8, 2010
    NE Ohio
    Does it work for nigerians? I tried it on them and cut the weight in half, but it didn't seem right....
     
  5. TheMixedBag

    TheMixedBag The Hoofcare and Repro specialist

    Oct 16, 2010
    Glencoe, OK
    I've used it before, but I think I was doing it wrong for my saanen... according to the tape she weighed nearly 160 at a little bit over a year old. The LaMancha buck was at about 70, though, so I probably got him done right, since he was still a baby.
     
  6. Lexibot

    Lexibot New Member

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    Jul 27, 2010
    Missouri
    I did it on my little meat kids. I would think it's more accurate than guessing.
     
  7. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    the dairy weight tape does work on the standard dairy goats but not on the miniature diary goats. There is a meat goat weight tape but I dont know its accuracy though
     
  8. FunnyRiverFarm

    FunnyRiverFarm New Member

    Sep 13, 2008
    Hudson, MI
    I taped and weighed my Lamancha kids and the tape reading was always within 5lbs of the actual weight...so yes it is a good estimation tool.
     
  9. pelicanacresMN

    pelicanacresMN New Member

    I agree with Stacey, it doesn't work with the Nigerians
     
  10. mistyblue

    mistyblue Senior Member

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    Nov 13, 2008
    Angleton, Texas
    How far off is the dairy tape when using it on the Nigerians? I use it for my Nigies and my Mini-Manchas, that is the weight I use to copper bolus, worm and just about everything else.
     
  11. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    I agree.... :thumb:

    I don't trust the tape method..... as it isn't spot on and differs from breed to breed..... :wink:
     
  12. peggy

    peggy Senior Member

    Aug 10, 2010
    B.C. Canada
    Thanks a bunch guys, my girls are alpines. How do you weigh them if you don't use the tape method?
     
  13. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Your welcome.... :thumb:

    well... I invested in a digital scale....expensive... but worth it's weight in gold ......even weighs in ounces.... I can be sure.... the soda I am about to drink. has the ounces that it says it does.... on the can...LOL :D :wink:
     
  14. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    I have a hanging scale and sling...takes 2 to get the goat hooked up but it's accurate. I had in the past just picked up my goats and stood on a scale, got a bit awkward tho. I had also used a seamtress tape and a math equation to figure weight...the hanging scale and sling were definately worth the $60
     
  15. minibarn

    minibarn Well-Known Member

    Jul 20, 2010
    ontario canada
    i just used the weight chart on fias co farms to measure my alpine cross doe. she's approx 7 months old and that says she weighs 45 lbs. is that normal weight for her breed & age? how much should she weigh before being bred to my pygmy buck?
     
  16. peggy

    peggy Senior Member

    Aug 10, 2010
    B.C. Canada
    Hi minibarn. What was the measurement for your doeling???? I measured my alpine doelings using the Fias co farms chart and here is what I got.
    Sabrina- 9 months- 32" which makes her about 99 lbs.
    Chelsea- 5 months- 29" which makes her about 82 lbs.
    Charlotte- 5 months- 27" which makes her about 68lbs.

    I thought these numbers seemed high to me because they don't look that big. But if I compare them to my big dogs then it could be pretty close. So I would say that your alpine doe is on the small side.
     
  17. minibarn

    minibarn Well-Known Member

    Jul 20, 2010
    ontario canada
    her measurement was 23 1/2 inches. she's my only standard size goat, the rest are pygmies and i thought she might be bigger by now than she is. i bought her at an auction and was told she was a runt. do you think she'll always be smaller than average? at what weight could she be bred to my pygmy buck?
     
  18. peggy

    peggy Senior Member

    Aug 10, 2010
    B.C. Canada
    Not sure about breeding her to a pygmy buck. I have never had small goats, only standard size. But I think that the rule of thumb with standard size goats is 8 months or 80 lbs. Are you sure of the age of the doeling??? If you bought her at auction, how would you know??? I'd love to see a picture.
     
  19. minibarn

    minibarn Well-Known Member

    Jul 20, 2010
    ontario canada
    i bought sarah in july and a guy said she was a spring kid so i don't know if it was early or late spring. this pic was the day after we got her and she's definitely filled out a lot since then. i don't have a good recent pic. i had hoped maybe she could kid by june or july. she's a real sweetheart and would rather be with us than the herd. she's the lowest in the pecking order and i feel sorry for her. :sigh:
     

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  20. peggy

    peggy Senior Member

    Aug 10, 2010
    B.C. Canada
    She is a really pretty girl. she looks very delicate. Maybe she has some nigerian dwarf mixed in. I am no expert on the small breeds so if anyone else has a thought on this.......
    My little alpine doeling, the smaller one, is also low on the pecking order and gets picked on a bit. But they have a way of working it out. Just make sure that she is getting enough to eat. I used to feed grain to both the small girls together but noticed that she was a slow eater and wasn't getting her share. Now I give her grain seperate and I also build an extra hay feeder so if she gets pushed out of the one she can always go to the other one. It seemed to really help.