Milk Stand Plans

Discussion in 'Dairy Diaries' started by OhCee, Nov 3, 2010.

  1. OhCee

    OhCee Yak Lady

    Feb 26, 2010
    Western MT
    Hey guys, I was wondering if anyone cared to share their milk stand plans with me... I need to build one for my ND ladies and any guidance would be much appreciated! :ponder:
  2. CapriGem

    CapriGem Senior Member

    May 12, 2010
    Western PA
    I am not sure if you are looking for a portable stand(like to take to shows), but I made one off of Pholia Farm's website.

    It is made of PVC pipe and is very light and portable.

    Works great IMO.

    Here is the link- a Nigerian Sized PVC Milk Stand for Show or Home

    The only thing I would change is to maybe add a few inches more to the legs. It is a little too low to the ground following the insructions.

  3. GoldenSeal

    GoldenSeal New Member

    Sep 13, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Now THAT is a great idea, CapriGem. Thanks for the link :)
  4. milkmaid

    milkmaid I'm not addicted - I'm in love!

    My brother and I built a wooden milking stand early this year for Nigis. It's made from 2x4s and plywood. I'm really pleased with it. ... directlink

    Platform is 30"L x 20"W
    Total height is 38"
    Cross pieces and "neck pieces" (what are those called, anyway?) are 2x4s ripped in half. 2x2s would also work.
    Neck pieces are 30". Bottom of moving neck piece is bolted.
    To attach the chain, my brother cut a link in half and we pounded it into the wood with a hammer. We used the other half-link for the hook.
    I have really liked this design. The only things I might change would be (1) make the legs longer, and (2) on the stanchion part, take the top 2x2s away and add another 2x2 opposite the bottom one. That way the vertical 2x4s could be shortened, saving wood, and also you could fit horned goats in it.
    Also the bolt needs tightening sometimes. It'd be nice if it didn't.
  5. peggy

    peggy Senior Member

    Aug 10, 2010
    B.C. Canada
    Love this simple design. Hope you don't mind if I copy it. I want to build one now and get my girls used to it before I need it.
  6. milkmaid

    milkmaid I'm not addicted - I'm in love!

    Not at all! I'm glad you like it. If you need more details, don't hesitate to ask. :)
  7. peggy

    peggy Senior Member

    Aug 10, 2010
    B.C. Canada
    Thanks. I will start on it right away, although I won't be needing it for a few months.... nothing as anxious as an expecting goat mommy?
  8. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    The one my DH built me 7 years ago is similar to yours milkmaid, only he left the 2x4s as is on the headgate, even my horned boys fit with a little manuevering of their head.
  9. AlaskaBoers

    AlaskaBoers New Member

    May 6, 2008
    Wasilla Alaska
    i like how the wooden one is adjustable for the headgate.
  10. hipeatall

    hipeatall Member

    That is a great milk stand! I really need to build one soon... might try to make on like this. :)

  11. flyingtnh

    flyingtnh New Member

    Aug 26, 2012