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12 DIY Goat Milking Stands You Can Make Today

Goat Milking Stands You Can DIY Today

Goat milking stands offer many advantages, such as protecting your back and keeping an unruly goat in place so you can finish the milking on time. You can build your own stand easily enough with the right tools and mindset.

This article features 12 different plans from beginner to advanced, so you can find one that suits your expertise. There is even a plan to make one from PVC if you aren’t comfortable with wood projects. Continue reading to learn about a variety of plans that could work well for you.

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1. Fias Co Farm Goat Milking Stand

This goat milking stand from Fias Co Farm shows you how to make the stand from scrap lumber to save money. If you need to purchase lumber, it is still an affordable project. They offer a PDF with step-by-step instructions and drawings that make it an easy project to complete in one day.

Skill level: Beginner to intermediate

Materials: Variety of lumber, exterior decking screws, corner brace with screws, round head machine screw, wing nut, flat washers, hook and eye latch with an extra eye, finish nails, and sandpaper

Tools: Hand saw, jigsaw, tape measure, sander, hammer, drill with bits, Phillips screwdriver, and square


2. Mother Earth News Goat Milking Stand

This goat milking stand was developed by Herbert Huff, and he wrote an article about how to build it on the Mother Earth News website. There aren’t many pictures to showcase the steps, but there is plenty of information on how to build the milking stand, which is why it’s not rated for a beginner builder. However, it is a simple design that can be built in a short time.

Skill level: Intermediate

Materials: Lumber, dowels, plywood, wood glue, spikes, and roofing and finishing nails

Tools: Hand saw, miter saw, hammer, measure tape, and safety gear


3. The Flip Flop Barnyard Goat Milking Stand Plans

For a basic and simple milking stand, the Flip Flog Barnyard blog offers detailed instructions to get you started. It has an attached feed trough to keep your goat occupied, and you can adjust the size of your stand to fit your goat breed. Using scrap wood saves you money, but you can always purchase new lumber.

Skill level: Beginner

Materials: Variety of lumber and nails

Tools: Hand saw or miter saw, hammer, safety gear, and measure tape


4. Goat Stand by My Outdoor Plans

My Outdoor Plans has easy step-by-step instructions so you can make a fully functioning goat milking stand. If you are competent in your building and woodworking skills, you can make this in one day. It’s a great weekend family project, and you can paint or stain the stand to add extra flair.

Skill level: Intermediate

Materials: Lumber, plywood, screws, filler, stain or paint, and glue

Tools: Paintbrush, hammer, tape measure, framing square, level, miter saw, drill machinery, screwdriver, sander, safety gloves, and safety glasses


5. Simple Goat Stanchion From Hobby Farms

Hobby Farms offers free plans for a milking stand that can also be used when grooming or caring for your goat. This is a durable stand that takes only a few tools and minimal effort to build. It is designed for standard-sized goats, but you could customize it to fit your breed. Add paint or stain when built for a finishing touch.

Skill level: Beginner

Materials: Lumber, finish nails, exterior deck screws, round head bolt, hex nut, flat washers, hook-and-eye catch, paint or stain, and sandpaper

Tools: Electric drill and bits, hammer or nail gun, jigsaw, sander, saw, square, and tape measure


6. DIY Goat Milking Stand From A Butterfly House

This goat milking stand is for those who don’t have scrap wood at home, A Butterfly House has a plan that uses wood purchased from your local hardware store but keeps the project price in the affordable range. If you buy a lower-quality wood, make sure you protect the wood with stain or paint so it will last for many years.

Skill level: Beginner

Materials: Lumber of different sizes, cedar fence pickets, screw eyes, shelf brackets, small cup hooks, long bolt with matching washer and nut, bungee cord, exterior screws, and paint or stain

Tools: Jigsaw, miter saw, drill and bits, and paintbrush


7. DIY Danielle Goat Milking Stand

This stand is perfect for smaller goat breeds, such as the Nigerian Dwarf goat. DIY Danielle shows you how to build it in a day so you can start using it as soon as possible. The attached feeder is a nice feature that helps occupy your goat while you tend to the milking. There is also a step at the end of the stand to help your short-legged goats hop up onto it easier.

Skill level: Intermediate

Materials: Lumber, plywood, screws or nails, sandpaper, and hook

Tools: Sanding supplies, screwdriver, hammer, and jigsaw


8. Goat Milking Stand by Instructables

Instructables shows you how to make a goat milking stand in six steps. They report that the project can be completed in two to three hours, and if you use scrap wood, you won’t be spending much to get started. You can attach a plastic feeder so your goat can eat while you milk. Feel free to paint or stain the finished project to protect it from the elements.

Skill level: Intermediate

Materials: Lumber, plywood, screws, bolts, washers, and nuts

Tools: Miter saw, square, drill, and drill bits


9. Pallet Milking Stand by A Life of Heritage

If you have old pallets hanging around your property, why not put them to use as a goat milking stand? A Life of Heritage shows you how to modify a pallet into a stand — it is an easy and fun project that can be accomplished in a short amount of time. You can easily modify the size to fit different breeds of goats.

Skill level: Beginner

Materials: Wood pallets, eye hook, and screws

Tools: Hand saw, and drill with bits


10. My Homesteading Project Stanchion

This is another example of a milking stand made from wood pallets. My Homesteading Project takes you through the process of building this stand using pictures and descriptions. It is a simple design that beginning woodworkers will appreciate because it is so easy to make. You may already have many of the materials on hand, so you can get started right away.

Skill level: Beginner

Materials: Wood pallets, plywood, roofing nails, assorted screws, carriage bolt and nut, washers, and latch hook

Tools: Chop saw, circular saw, drill, hammer, tape measure, and pencil


11. DIY PVC Goat Milking Stand From Homestead Lifestyle

When you don’t want to build a stand from wood, try making it from PVC instead. Homestead Lifestyle shows how easy and cost-effective it is to make one of these. This project can be accomplished in two to four hours once you have the supplies ready to go. You can attach a feed bucket to the front so your goat is distracted while you milk.

Skill level: Beginner

Materials: PVC pipe (various sizes), PVC corners, clevis pins, plywood, PVC glue, deck screws, plywood, and zip ties

Tools: Cutting saw or hacksaw, handheld drill, tape measure, and marker


12. Goat Milking Station From Mother Earth News

Mother Earth News showcases an article about how to make a goat milking stand. It features diagrams, layouts, and instructions on how to make the stand with an adjustable seat and a feed box. This stand makes milking easier for you and provides a comfortable place for you and your goat while you finish the task at hand. It’s not a complicated design, but an intermediate woodworker will find the instructions easier to understand.

Skill level: Intermediate

Materials: Variety of lumber, L-brackets, light chain, screw eye, screw book, and chain

Tools: Jigsaw, electric drill, Phillips screwdriver, and drill bit

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Conclusion

We hope that you have found a plan that you want to try out. You don’t have to be an expert builder to get great results. Some projects take more time than others and some are more affordable. If you have scrap wood or pallets at home, then you are close to being ready to start, and it helps you to remain within a budget.

Don’t be afraid to customize your stand, such as painting it or adjusting the size. That’s the great thing about building your own: You can suit your situation so the outcome is pleasing to everyone.


Featured Image Credit: Øyvind Holmstad, Wikimedia Commons

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