the learn as you go silk purse farm
my dh papa john
sweetie our jersey
isabelle rescue 2 teat jersey
flower 1/2 dexter 1/2 jersey girl
itty bitty our little yorkie
lots of pigs
chickens and turkey
peanut and woody, guinea hogs
Wow! It looks like you are building a family heirloom. Please post pictures of your finished project so that I can have my husband copy it. Also when you start using it, please post what you like and don't like about the design. Do you think the finished project will be light enough that it can be moved occasionally? It seems like things are constantly changing in our barn...
1 jersey/holstein x cow, Dhana 1 jersey bull calf, Makani 1 mostly jersey heifer, Lani Mu 1 horse, Waltzer 2 dogs (mutts), Will Sniff and Ruger 2 cats, Nicola and Mickey Mouser 2 guineas 8 racing pigeons, Glenn Peck etc. 1 bantam hen, Margaret Scratcher 1 husband ...and I care for a jersey cow in the winter when the museum that owns her is closed.
Ok, here are some photos of the stanchion still in progress but much progress has been made.
Here she is in the stall for the first time since painting. Will add rubber matting on top of treated 3/4 plywood.
With head gate in closed position on "bull" calf ;D ;D ;D
Close up of the head gate. Rope to left goes to a pipe that is weighted to automatically open the head gate when rope on right is released. Pipe is inside the blue post so that it can't be knocked off and is out of the way.
Like others you can pull it shut without going to the cow's head. Notice "cleat" next to Hannah's right hand.
Locks shut with a boat cleat.
Very easy to operate. Very easy for a child to release even if the cow has pressure on the head gate. With the counter weight you can release the cow with one hand standing from the side. This is also a very inexpensive but yet sturdy and durable.
Test run with young unruly heifer calf.
The real McCoy. Virtue our dry Brown Swiss.
Whatcha look'n at? Can't a lady eat in peace?
I'm not sure how I'm going to attach a feed bucket yet. Have a few ideas but whatever I do I want it removeable and height adjustable. Keep tuned in.
Post by pipergrey93 on Feb 13, 2010 17:21:50 GMT -5
WOW Chris!!!! That's some real engineering! I don't know if you thought about this, but you could even milk from the other side if you have a cow that's a kicker. The cleat was a great idea. I am so impressed - I'm off to tell Cat to get on here and check it out!
Tell that sweet wife of yours I said Hi! Sandy
Home to - Eunice and Daisy, two great danes, one goat, one ferret, 25 hens, and Penelope the ever popular pig. Plus 16 year old twins who could care less about my little zoo. farmwackywack.blogspot.com/
Post by mamanaturale on Feb 13, 2010 17:27:02 GMT -5
wow, seriously. wow. i absolutely love it. so, um, when are you going to come over to my house and make one? i mean after you get the feeder part figured out of course.... :p its stunning. and i love your bull calf, what a cutie!
Brianna married to Ryan, momma to tucker and Jacob 9 egg chickens, 4 geese, 3 ducks, 3 dogs, 3 cats, 2 parakeets, meat chickens, turkeys, and last but most certainly not least: Tiramisu our jersey cow and Mousse our brown swiss.
Oh My that stanchion is a thing of beauty! Chris you did an incredible job on that. Sandy called me to tell my I had to get on the computer and look at it. She was right!
If Six keeps acting like a ....well just acting like she is I am going to need my own Stanchion. Either you are going to have to go into the stanchion making business Chris or Sandy is going to have to learn to weld, 'cause I have enough hobbies and my brain is full, so there is no more room in my head to learn to weld!
I've added some utility tie downs. One on each lower rear side incase there is a need to tie a leg or foot. and then one on each upper rail incase you need to tie the head with a lead rope.
For tieing unruly feet.
In case you need to tie the head to the side for vetting.
Will work on getting the food holder this week.
Here's some photos from this morning's milking after I've added a couple of touches... a food bin and tail hanger.
Took a 55 gallon drum and made a feed bin. We were having a terrible time with the cows dropping food everywhere in front of the stand when they'd raise their heads to chew. So with the drum the can still raise their heads some and all the crumbs drop into the bottom of the barrel because the back of the barrel confines them.
Next is a series of photos showing the "orange" tail holder complete with snaps. The reason I wanted it orange was so you didn't forget to take it off once you were finished milking. Linda put a series of snaps to close it. It works very well.
This is not "child's play" you know.
Color coded so they snap them up correctly.
And now a couple more photos just to show a little more of the process.
Cabinet where we keep the paper towels for wiping down and cleaning after milking
The wagon we use to haul the belly milker, holding bucket, and cleaner and disenfectant for before and after milking cleaning.
Without your labor can you tell us the cost, and then how many hours you spent and details like that?
Now, The only thing is, (and I have caught probably close to a thousand, maybe way more) head in headgates... the width of the side holes. If this was going someplace to catch wild acting cattle, you know where they should put their heads through but they don't. Backing them up to re-guide their heads through the right hole (middle) can be problematic....so a visual barrier that does not interfere with the motion of the head latch will help. and... our cattle came at the head-gate at sometimes a zillion MPH and sometimes they were bulls and sometimes they would drop down and start dying, or get a head, neck, foot and shoulder through, even though our headgate had safeties so it would not get to tight.....so, these are things to consider....
Last Edit: Feb 16, 2010 15:47:31 GMT -5 by sallymcd
Sally McD. (has been SallyMA, and SallyCA in prior years.)
You make many good points but remember this is a "milking" stanchion not a squeeze shoot. You only get points for milking 'wild cattle" in Ranch Rodeo events and they'd disqualify you for the stanchion. ;D ;D
The part about the opening I understand and was concerned about with Virtue the Brown Swiss. Even decided that once the test was finished I could add one bolt in piece of tubing to solve that problem but it wasn't an issue even with her. Probably will go ahead and fabricate the piece anyway cause I love to weld.
And, I hate to tell people this cause ya'll are going to thunk we uns is sorta backerds, but ahhh, well, ahhh,.....(can I whisper this so nobody else hears) in Georgia, we don't milk bulls.
Thanks for the input.
Last Edit: Feb 16, 2010 21:46:34 GMT -5 by Guest
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