Hello all. I saw a stanchion at Hamby's that I am thinking to purchase for my cow share operation ( a herd of two cows). I am building challenged and can't seem to transfer a dawing into reality so I was wondering if any of you used this stanchion (which seems to be a headgate only) andwhat you thought of it. Also if any of you are also building challenged and made a stanchion yourself, please describe it. My Jersey is already in milk . She had a large bull calf on the full moon (flat poll). I've seen and read the wooden home made stanchions and am envious but I've tried those in the past and wasn't able to get them built correctly.
Last Edit: Jan 25, 2010 16:24:30 GMT -5 by barnydhppy
Remember that you only have to have sufficient length on your gate to go from the front of your girls' shoulders to their back ends. The head and most of the neck will be in the headgate. We used 6 foot gates and that works quite well for all of our girls. We have 2 American Milking Devon girls (horned) as well as a pretty big Dutch Belted and our Jersey, and the 6 foot gate works fine for all of them. We like the gates because they pivot open and closed, can be used to cinch down the cow's back end, and have cross bars that keep even unruly cows from kicking you! My DH did take a hacksaw and cut out one of the lower cross bars on the gates to make it easier to get the milk bucket in and out (and for calves to get their heads in and out if you share milk). Good luck with yours!
Post by Joe at Liberty Farm on Jun 28, 2009 7:46:34 GMT -5
Wow, great thread on home built stanchions! Our Sugar just freshened 3 days ago and we are milking just outside of her stall on the concrete floor. We snap a chain onto her collar that is bolted to the wall. She likes to dance around a lot but is still learning.
Here's a dumb question. Do your cows walk backwards out of the stanchion when you're done milking? Sugar walks around in a complete circle to get back to her stall.
Also, Catherine in Texas, with the beautiful stanchions with side gates: Do you milk from the rear or is there enough room to reach through the bars of the gates?
Thanks for any and all advice. This newbie appreciates it!
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