There is a photo of my stanchion in my book, Keeping A Family Cow with directions for building it. Several people have been kind enough to say they successfully built one using this photo and instructions. However, a formal drawing with exact measurements might be peferable.
:DHi, That's really interesting that you wrote just now because my husband was talking this morning of a book written by a Joann from Maine that some friends of ours reccommended and I was just about to write a message on the board asking if this was the same book I'd heard other members mentionning and how I could get it! (How can I get it?) Thank-you! ;D
Thea mom to Parker and Owen, wife to Devin Co-builder of hand-made house, caretaker of 7 sheep (and growing!) 12 heritage chickens, and cats Mona, Winnie and Tansy
My older edition of KFC (Ballantine paperback) doesn't have a picture of the stanchion but I built mine from Joann's written description. It works fine and impressed the heck out of my vet when Katika needed to be restrained for an internal exam.
I have since realized that I didn't pay QUITE enough attention to certain details (how high to have the top crossbar -- mine is only about 4'6" off the ground, so if Katika is unhappy she may toss her head and bonk her poll on it), plus mine is attached to a manger and I would have built the whole caboodle further from the wall to give her more roominess in front of her face.
Nevertheless it was simple and inexpensive to build and when I build my own barn I'll be able to tweak those small details. Go for it!
Milkmaid to Katika, Canadienne x Jersey born 5/12/2002 Moxie, Jersey rescue heifer, born 8/2009 Rocky, Katika's steer calf, born 4/27/2010 Duke Wayne, foster Jersey bull calf born 10/10/10 Phoenix (Fee), Katika's heifer calf, born 7/3/2011 Birch, 25-year-old Azteca gelding 11 Clun Forest and cross ewes dogs and cat
This book is intended as an inspirational manual for keeping a family milk cow. A lifetime of practical experience has been bound into one volume. Practical advice for the everyday and procedures for cow emergencies. Plus, answers to FAQ's like, 'Should you get a cow?' and 'How Much Space do I need?'