We are so excited to get our little Jersey. Does anyone have directions for an easy head stanchion we could build? or a link online? we just have an open stall right now. We need something simple. Thanks Liz
Last Edit: May 6, 2010 14:24:17 GMT -5 by barnydhppy
There is a picture and a description of how to build one in Joann Grohman's book "Keeping a family cow". This is ours.
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Here is the first version of our stanchion. It was built for a Dexter. We have since extended the length by adding a concrete pad, and adding a wooden removeable bunk at the front. The next pic is on that will live in infamy, my dh posing in the new stanchion! (he knows I show it to you guys, he is such a good sport!)
The locking mechanism he welded:
A stanchion can be anything practically as long as it hold their head and keeps you safe! Take from all the pics and plans to make the one that works for you (then post pics so we can learn from you)!
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Thanks ! You all helped tremendously with the pictures. Hope I can learn all this techy stuff. So good to know there's a place to get help and answers. Will try and get some picts on if possible, I am very bad at all this but I can grow ANYTHING!!
LOL. Well, I have to admit that seeing your wonderful metal gates had me drooling! And I LOVE the way you can just pull that rope from the back of the cow and pop the head gate shut! Sadly, my DH isn't a talented welder, like your's is, nor will he be a cow model for me. Ah well, we all have our struggles! lol. However, he CAN saw and bolt wood together with the best of them, and the stanchion he built is really strong, and does the job of controlling Katie, and training the rest. If we'd seen your stanchion before he built our's, I think we would have been begging for your husband to build us a similar set. Having to make up our own made us rely on some native creativity, and the lumber we had lying around.
I agree that it's really interesting to see all the variations on a common theme, so that you can figure out what you can put together for yourself, given your own situation. I hope others will continue to post their pictures all in one place, so that we can have a broad spectrum of photos for the Tree of Knowledge. Maybe Mitra will repost the pictures of Max's stanchion here, too, just for completeness sake?! ;D
This is the stanchion that DH built for me in Florida (unfortunately, we had to leave it behind). It's adjustable, top and bottom, and will hold anything from a newborn goat kid to a full grown cow larger than Fancy.
This is our movable outdoors stanchion, with a roof and on skids, in the summer we would drag it, a 1/2 mile down to summer pasture. This year, I am building a double stanchion in the barn, as a part of our licensed milk parlor. I'll take pictures IF we ever get finished!
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I LOVE the portable stanchions!!! That's a GREAT idea! That would really help with the fly issue, as you could just move your "milking parlor" away from the problem, periodically. However, it would probably only work well for those of us that hand milk, unless you could string electric extension cords out to it for those that use milking machines.
My demensions are. 35" wide by 84" long for the floor. The head gate has an 8" opening when closed but can be made looser or tighter as needed.
The plywood was to slick with it on a small slope so we put down some roll roofing to provide some grip.
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Post by Melissa (Nonesuch Farm) on Aug 2, 2008 15:06:53 GMT -5
Oh and BTW the little red pipe corral is where the calf goes all day for seperation and is also used as our makeshift "squeeze chute". It is currently under an open shade shelter with lots of trees and a great breeze for the summer heat. In the winter we will skid the stanchion over to the barn proper for warmth and a wind break and drop a tarp behind the open shelter for a pasture wind break and warm spot for the cows.
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Post by seventrees on Aug 13, 2008 11:16:12 GMT -5
We build this stanchion last night, using the post we set as part of the milking stall Stella refused to use. We'll tweak it a little bit, using more ideas from this thread, but it worked great on little Doug. We added a ring & tie off on one post, because when you're wrestling a cranky cow up to it, it's hard to drag their head through and close the stanchion at the same time. This way we can clip them to the post, walk around front and pull them into place with both hands. I doubt we'll get Stella into it, but we're going to start leaving a pan of bait just out of reach to see if she'll get used to sticking her head in. But it will work fine for the bull calf & steer.
Post by kathnunley on Aug 14, 2008 12:21:19 GMT -5
Thank you, Thank you!! to everyone who has posted pics and info on this thread. The pics allowed me to finally convince my DH to build me a milking parlor w/ stanchion. It's to be my birthday present and all my friends think I'm a nut to be so excited about getting a milking shed for a birthday gift but I know you people could relate to my excitement.
OK - here's my question: most of the dimensions here I think are for a Dexter. I have a Jersey. Can someone tell me if 34 inches would be wide enough for the floor board? (I have an old picnic table and was hoping to be able to use the top of that for the raised floor) Also how do you figure out how far apart the head opening needs to be? - kathie
Some how I missed this thread until now. I guess because I didn't have to worry about building a stanchion as DH took care of it for me. I had posted the results of his efforts in a random thread a while back, but thought I would share the picture again in this wonderful thread. It's great to have all these ideas in one place for those looking for information. You all have some wonderful stanchions!
The following is a picture of my milking shed made from a box trailer off the back of an old delivery truck. Inside, against the wall is the stanchion. We took the metal stanchion from the dairy at the other farm we rent from my FIL. It very well could be, if you ask around, that you might be able to find someone with an old dairy willing to give you a old stanchion like the one in the picture. Just an idea.
Post by Melissa (Nonesuch Farm) on Aug 15, 2008 8:00:38 GMT -5
Our Dexter Fancy is about 800-900 pounds so is about the same size as the Jersey we sold and she fits in the 3x6 stanchion fine. I don't think I'd milk a Holstein in there buy I am sure it would work fine for a Jersey and designed it with 'just in case of Jersey fever' in mind. So I am sure your picnic table top would make a fine platform.
Good luck with your building project and don't forget to post pics!
Here is the stanchion I built yesterday. I included my materials list and a few of the measurements from it just in case someone isn't good at building based on pictures alone. Oh and this is designed for smaller cows i.e. Dexters.
If you click on the thumbnail image below you can see a larger image. Right click on that to save it to your hard drive if you so desire. It should print just fine at 8.5x11.
I built it under the carport due to rain my area to milk in isn't nearly as nice. Now I just have to winch it up onto the truck and move it to the corral, and train the cows....
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