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Project by Jim55 posted 02-24-2013 02:00 AM 2186 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yes. That is what I said. It’s a goat milking stand. A friend of mine raises goats and uses this stand to bring them up and hold them where he can milk them w/out having to bend over too much. It is a simple but, functional construct. It was special built for my friend who is of German ancestry. that thing will hold up my 250# without a complaint and his goats don’t weigh anything near that! But, he specified the build. I’m pretty happy with it and so is he. Also, I got paid for it and that made me happy too. ;)





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#1 posted 02-24-2013 02:12 AM

Nice one. It should work just fine. Ask me how I know ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 02-24-2013 02:36 AM

That is an interesting project, thanks for sharing it and the explanation.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 02-24-2013 03:03 AM

Best goat milking stand I’ve sen on Lumberjocks !

-- Having fun...Eric

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#4 posted 02-24-2013 03:13 AM

Nice job!

I’ve seen these at the Delaware County Fair in Walton, NY (where most of my family lives). One of my funniest home videos is of a farmer showing my kids how to milk a goat. My youngest (age 6 at the time) was learning how and she shot her older sister right between the eyes.

-- "There seems to be a black hole in my garage that swallows up pencils and tape measures as soon as I put them down."

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#5 posted 02-24-2013 04:05 AM

Impressive but I really wanted to see this with the goat in it. (Laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 02-24-2013 05:40 AM

Thanks for the comments. I am surprised at the level of reaction this being just a simple frame built stand. I had debated even posting it up. Glad I did!

The frame is not just nailed onto those 4×4 leg supports. The supports are notched so that the frame sets on them on two sides and then is attached to them. See new pics above…
As I said, over engineering to the max but, he said what he wanted so that’s what I gave him.

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#7 posted 02-24-2013 02:17 PM

Jim,

It’s great to see this posted. I made one a few years ago. My wife uses it for our goats. Our goats are Nigerian Dwarfs, so your stand is probably bigger.

How are your vertical boards held in position around the victim’s neck? I’m no farmer, so I think I called these “gizmos” in my posting. My wife tells me that they are “stanchions”.

You can see mine here:
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/10285

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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#8 posted 02-24-2013 05:00 PM

Chuck. I don’t know the correct term, I just call them ‘neck braces.’ As for how they are held in place on the animal’s neck, my friend just drives a nail in the top of one and attaches a wire loop on top of the other. The wire loop he adjusted to the length he needs to drop over the nail on the other to hold both at the right tension.
It’s a crude system but very simple and functional. Really, I couldn’t think of anything I could make to do the same job that wouldn’t have been more complicated, especially not knowing the exact spacing he wanted.

I looked at yours. Nice and simple though I would recommend a little relief cut in the ‘stanchions.’ But mine was built to my friend’s specs. It is modeled on one he built himself though a little slimmer at his request. As for the side bar, he used a simple diagonal brace. On this one, he only wanted one on one side. We just left it off for now because he isn’t sure just yet where he wants to put it thus, which side it would need to be on.

Here’s pictures of the original version of his. I think you can see his nail and wire fastener on top pretty well too.
One thing you’ll notice, he called for the deck to be 3 boards wide instead of the 4 he initially used. That caused me to have to redesign the stanchion frame to allow sufficient head room. You can see my solution above.

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#9 posted 02-24-2013 05:10 PM

Hey Chuck, I looked at your other projects too. Nice! But, I especially noticed your trebuchet. I’ll bet you all had a ball of fun with that! As it happens, we built one too though it is smaller. But, a much bigger version (water balloon size say) is in our future.

You can see “Mammoth” (Lol) here… http://lumberjocks.com/projects/73820

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#10 posted 02-24-2013 05:16 PM

Thanks for those additional photos.

Here are some photos that I took at the farm where we bought our goats. I based mine on this design.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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#11 posted 02-24-2013 05:20 PM

Jim,

I remember seeing your “Mammoth” listed. That looks great.

Our trebuchet graduated from throwing tennis balls to baseballs. My youngest son was 8 last summer and loved catching fly balls that went much higher and were more accurate than I could have ever hit to him.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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#12 posted 02-25-2013 07:12 AM

‘stanchion’ is correct. They work for goats and cows. No horses. Love to see some one trying to use one on hogs ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 02-26-2013 03:35 PM

Looks great and very sturdy. Will do the job well and will last long. Great job!

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#14 posted 03-01-2013 06:44 PM

This brings back memories. I was trying to remember how ours was latched. Still can’t remember even after seeing the pix. But it was built and used the same way. Feed in, milk out.

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