I recently had someone ask me for the measurements of my milking stand which I gladly gave her. Mine is made to fit my space and her space and needs are probably different. For instance, what size are her goats? Mine are Saanen which are large and long. Smaller goats would not need as much space. So I will describe the way I decided on size and shape so that you can design your own.
I started with either a mat or a piece of cardboard the size of the stance of the largest doe. My mats are 15” by 30”. If I want 2 stanchions I made two of these…..or 3. Whatever I need. I put these on a piece of 3/4 inch plywood that fits the length of the space I had. I also took the feeding container that I would be using and put that at the head of the space with a couple of inches between them. Then I adjusted things around until they fit with space for me to sit beside each goat.
When I had my 3 goat stanchion, I sat behind one to milk the one in the middle. I have found that the width of the space to sit did not have to be the width of my backside. I have a carpet sample stapled to a half inch piece of plywood. The plywood hangs over the side but is still stable. This makes it comfortable to sit and so I don’t have to sit in dirty footprints.
Once I got the placement of the mats where I wanted them, I traced around the edges with a couple of inches to spare. Then I found a place about the middle of the mat that I would need to cut out for my seat. I traced those out too.
One thing I would like to emphasize; Measure twice……cut once.
I have had to do things over a couple of times and it is very frustrating. Especially when I knew better……if I would have thought about it.
- Make my seat cuts square to the goat, not to the plywood.
- Half inch plywood base is not strong enough for Saanens and me.
- Think through what I really want and make it a little bigger.
After I cut out the plywood, I made a 2X4 frame under it with legs. My goats will jump up easily to 16 inches so that is my height. The head holds are made of 2X4s. After using the chains for a while, I am going back to the scissors type soon. I love the peace of milking and the clang of chains bothers me. And it is not as easy to open and close. The head holds are connected to the base with metal framing brackets. For the stanchions not against the wall, I put a side piece on it to keep the goat from stepping over into the feed bucket of the other goat. My side pieces were only a little longer than half the length of the goat. That allows me space to fill feed dishes and for general cleanup.
I love my milking stanchion. It fits my space, my needs, and it is even pretty. If this has helped you, please let me know. Or if you have questions I would love to help.