Goat milking stand made from junk

UPDATE: there’s a newer post with a picture of the device being used, for anyone who wondered exactly how that worked.

In keeping with the already established aesthetic of our livestock equipment and housing, I built a milking/hoof care stand and stanchion out of old pallets and scrap wood.

Here’s the overview:

With the stanchion open:

Though it looks like a medieval torture device, the blue bucket full of treats keeps goats happy and distracted during milking, hoof trimming, etc.:

Goat’s-eye view:

Teri pointed out that it would be disasterous for a goat’s body to slip off the side while her head was in the stanchion, so I added side rails. One can be flipped out of the way to release the goat (goats don’t like to go in reverse)

Locked closed:


Old lawnmower wheels make this weighty contraption sort of portable:

It may look slapped together, but typical of my engineering, it’s sturdy enough for a small elephant. I studied various sets of plans, made a few sketches, and adapted what I had in my imagination to the supply of old pallets and scrap we had lying around.

Here’s proof that I didn’t major in drafting (or penmanship, which has continued its downhill progress through almost 30 years of computer use):

9 thoughts on “Goat milking stand made from junk”

  1. Barbara & Solomon Quimba

    Great idea!! We looked and looked and see this is the best and most simple design so far. We are giving it a try and get started milking several goats up here in the mountains outside San Diego, CA. Thank you for your creativity and love of the goat.
    Barbara and Solomon Quimba.

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  3. HILA

    Hello. I have two goats, that I am going to start milking soon. They both gave birth lately.
    How can I deal with the other goat coming and trying to eat the grain too? Is there any thing simple that I can built that I can have my other goat being around with no tense – that I won’t have to push her all the time. I is easier for me when they are both at the same place, and I change between them. Thank you. Sorry for my bad English and spelling mistakes. HILA.

  4. peter Post Author

    Hi Hila – even after working with our goats for several years, the one getting grain always has to be guarded – any other goat that can will try to sneak in and “help.” Eventually, we want to have a few separate areas, but right now we have just the one milking shed so we bring them out one at a time.

  5. HILA

    Dear Peter. Thank you for your quick answear. I must find a way. I will try to think of something, and if it works out I will take some pictures. It is more than a hobbi for me. HILA.

  6. Hila

    Dear Peter. I haven’t build the stand yet. I liked the one on – http://thegoatspot.net/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=4797&start=15 – It folds. But it seems that my goat with swing too much to the sides.
    If you can please send me the me measurements, that I can order the woods at a carpentry shop.
    Another question: Is it easy to clean? Don’t you prefer one made out of aluminum / iron? It makes it more difficult to built.
    Thank you. HILA

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