There are many options for a milking stand and they are easy to build. I will share with you how I built mine to give you an idea of what may work for you. You can read more in our Raising Goats series.
Before I brought my milking goats home, I had to clean out the storage barn. Oof. Unused barns sure can collect a whole lot of stuff throughout a multitude of years.
But at one point this barn had been used for animals and I uncovered a head catch for milking a cow. And after the barn was cleaned out, I modified it and built a milking stand for my goats.
There are many options for milking stands and really they are quite easy to build. I will share with you how I built mine to give you an idea of what may work for you. Sometimes all we need is some pictures to give us the motivation to get started on the next project.
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Pallet Milking Stand
This picture shows the feeder that was in the barn already. I put up pallet boards on the wall to the left of the milking stand and then build the frame for the stand.
Then I cut to size the pallet boards, leaving a “seat” with longer boards for me to sit on.
The head catch was pretty easy. I used a pallet board that pivots on a large screw to close.
When it’s closed it latches with an eye hook.
I also realized that I needed to add a board on the left so the goat’s rear can’t swing to the wall and be too far away to milk.
Ruthie happily eating her grain!
Ruthie snuck in, vying for more grain!
Kira and I posing after milking
And sometimes, it’s easy to get a little crazy waiting for the goats to eat every last nibble.
Keep on milking and loving goat milk!
This milk stand was very easy to make. Did you make your milk stand? What did you make it out of?
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