A Goat Milking Stand that Jeremy Built

When Jeremy clipped the goats' hooves by straddling said goats and bending over said goats' back-end, he decided it was time to build a milking stand.


I'm not really sure why.

And when Jeremy decides something needs to be done, it gets done. That night he spent some time perusing milking stand ideas on the internet. He found The Prairie Homestead's post about how her husband built their milking stand and decided how he was going to build it. The very next day, he was out at the garage-turned-barn pulling out scrap pieces of wood, and before I knew it, he had the bottom (sans legs) done!


He had a piece of wood siding that was 21 inches wide and (maybe? he can't remember now that I'm writing this post) 45 inches long. He basically made this around the measurements of this extra piece of siding. The first night, he attached the floor to the frame. The frame was just four pieces of 2x4's cut and screwed together to be the exact measurements of the floor piece.


Then it was dark, and he had to come in to cook dinner. (Just kidding, I probably had dinner ready that night.)

Then he had a day off, so he was able to get the stand almost complete. He put on the legs first, just some 2x4's 16 inches long. He attached the legs to the frame where the leg was flush to the floor. (At this point in the game, I was running out to take pictures every 20 minutes or so, while he was out working with the big kids. The littles were napping. So the details are a little weak.)


Next he framed out the head catcher (the technical term escapes me, well, to be honest, I don't know the technical term). Two long pieces of 2x4s on the sides with one small piece in between. These were attached the floor frame. The longer pieces were 36 inches, and the shorter piece was 21 in.


He also added two 2x4's to the front of the headgate (hey, that's what it's called!) frame, although I missed the step. You can see it in the background of the next pictures, though.

After finishing that frame, he needed to get out a jigsaw to cut the opening for the heads to go through. He cut each 2x4 about 1 3/4 into the board and about 12 in down. He eyeballed it. He's that good.


Now this is how he attached the head gate to the frame. Remember the two 2x4's that he attached to the front of the frame? He added a 1x4 across the front to hold the head gate pieces in place. The pictures make this clearer.


That screw on top is our handle to move the piece back and forth.


It can move because it's bolted, but the other piece is screwed in and stationary.


And that's it, for now. He's got a couple additions that he hasn't done yet, like a food trough. But we'll post about all that later. Right now, when we use it, we just take turns holding the food bucket in front for the goats to munch on while the hooves are being clipped. Much easier to do on this stand than straddling!


It works! We caught a good one here!


5 comments

  1. That stand looks great! Thanks for sharing at the Homestead Blog Hop. Hope to see you again this week! :)

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  2. Nice Milking Stand!!
    Thanks for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop!

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  3. Great project! Thanks for linking up to Awesome Life Friday! We will be pinning this post - can't wait to see what you're sharing this week!

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  4. Thanks or linking up with us at our weekly From the Farm Blog Hop! Your post was an easy favorite for me this week. Can't wait to see what you link up next time!

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  5. He did a really good job :) Thanks for sharing with the HomeAcre hop!

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