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Wood or Metal Stanchion for Wet Climate

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I've always used a wood stanchion, but I had to get rid of mine a couple of months ago. The metal one looks like it is much cleaner. Spilled milk wouldn't pool, and if a FF pees her first time up there, it just goes through. I live in a wet climate though, and like to keep my stanchion outside for much of the year. Which one do you think will age faster? Do the aluminum stanchions rust? If you prefer either one, please let me know why. If there's a thread out there about which stanchion is better outside, I would love to see it, and not waste your time. 馃槃
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Aluminum shouldn't rust.
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I prefer my metal. Wood slick out after lots of washing. Goats are not as easy jumping up. Head set on my metal one is not great. Needs a better design. Hubs had this one made...I need a second one and will be metal. I have had this one several years. And notice it could use a good paint job. Just one of the maintaining of things.
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Thanks for the replies! That's what I was thinking and hoping.
I know someone who loves their metal ones... she also has the portable stand (metal) Folding Goat Stanchion with Feed Pan North Star - Stands Stanchions | Goat Sheep Equipment | Goat Sh

She absolutely loves that, she comes and trims our hooves (I'm still nervous I know it's supposed to be easy). It doesn't seem to rust, and your right pee and poop would fall right threw it!
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I just got that one in the mail. It looks excellent! I'll let you guys know how I like it as I use it. Thanks for all the advice!
You may have to repaint it in a few years. I repainted my stands in the parlor and tossed sand on them, just enough to make a grit. It helps on those awful humid days when everything is slick with dampness.
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I am loving the stanchion! Metal is so much cleaner. I used to struggle with goats slipping and milk pooling if somebody kicked. My only complaint is that it is a little rough on their hooves, and there is a tad of rust. That is still better than all the problems I had with a wooden one though.
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