My first one, that is. It was in the barn when we had the fire. It looked like this:
|This is the only picture I can find of it,|
with a little doe kid sneaking a bite of grain.
Anyway, her father said he has a welder and can build one out of metal for her, so I showed him how it's put together and how it works. I thought you might like to see too. Whether you build one of wood or of metal, the basics are the same.
(Yes, I do milk outside. "Someday" I will have a new goat shed with a milking area, but for now, this is it. It works, although it's not fun when it rains.)
The "deck" is where the goat stands, of course. She puts her head through the headlock, which you close to keep the goat on the stand. Usually there's a tray in front that holds the feeder, but this stand doesn't have one. The concrete block at the end of the milkstand is a step for the goat to get on the stand. That pink strap on the top right is just a goat collar, that's where I keep it so the dogs can't get hold of it and chew it up. It's not really holding the headlock open or anything!
To lock the bar in place, this one uses a length of chain that fits into a slot on the top of the pivoting bar. On my wooden stand, hubby drilled a hole through the pivoting bar as well as the 2x4's that formed the channel, and I stuck a dowel through all three holes to hold it in place.
The top photo was taken from the front of the stand; the one below was taken from the goat's side.
Besides milking, a stand is handy for trimming hooves, and for giving shots and medications. I've seen stands that have a bar on one side to keep the goat in place, but I prefer not to have one so that I can work on both sides of the goat. For my new milkers, I put the stand next to a fence which accomplishes the same purpose as a bar.
Do you have a milkstand? Wood or metal? Which side do you milk on?
My hope is to inspire you, and to encourage your homesteading plans and your dreams of a
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