Hello, I've been milking for years now but this hear I wanted to try training an older cow to milk I got last summer. I can already get the cow to the barn and handle her but I am concerned with directly after she calves and is temperamental. I want something that pins the cow in place and is adjustable. It makes it hard getting an idea of what a Dexter needs when I keep looking at full sized cow plans. Any one have something strong that has worked on less tame animals?
I finished my new milking stanchion. I mill my own lumber so i made it out of left overs. It is all mulberry except the frame of the feeding door is made out of old 2*4s because the mulberry was going to be to heavy for the hinges. It is 3' wide, 6' long and 14" off the ground.
all closed up
the gate on the side swings around to form a chute to run the cow in. the calf pen is in the back of the barn right behind the stanchion. the side board also swings out after the cow is in to give a bigger opening.
the side leans in to push the cow to the milking side .
The feeder on the front gate opens up for the cow to come out when finished
and my mid-sized jersey heifer who had to have her picture taken after laying in poo. She is due in Mid may. She is a big lap cow and has no problem going in. My dexter is not quite use to it yet but getting better.
I made a head gate for my stanchion. It is all black pipe 1" and 1/2". the latches at the top are made from rebar. The latches just drop down as you move the pipe they will not back up unless you release them. The feed box is removable. I ran in a couple of my heifers in training. they were use to the stanchion but have never been in a head gate. the dun one could have cared less that she was locked in. the black one was less happy about it but she didn't fight it much.