A Goat Milking Stand

If you milk goat isn't all that cooperative, here's a goat milking stand you can build yourself for minimal expense that will hold her securely.

| January/February 1980


The completed goat milking stand looks like this.


Not long ago—after grappling with my ornery old goat Eunice just one time too many—I decided that I was due to own a milking stand. Besides hoping that I could save a little of my own hide—and maybe even keep that crotchety nanny from tap-dancing in the milk bucket—I figured I could use the restrainer when trimming the critter's hooves and administering her shots . . . two jobs that have always been difficult for both the nanny and me.

However, my search for a functional commercial milking stand was pretty disappointing. I found one locally. . . but it cost $60 and was so flimsy that I knew darn well Eunice would kick it into kindling in no time flat. Even a search of likely local auctions proved fruitless: I did, at one of the public sales, spy a custom job that looked sturdy enough to take my goat's best kick . . . but unfortunately I would have needed a crane and a flatbed truck to haul the massive frame (made from 4 x 6's) away.

So with my good humor stretched to the breaking point from several hours of fruitless driving, and yet another milking time comin' up soon, I stomped out to the of workshop and set about building my own milking stand . . . a device that would measure up to my specific needs.

The resulting goat-grabber weighs less than 60 pounds, has survived almost a year of Eunice's abuse, and—best of all—can cost less than $18.24 to build (if you recycle some lumber, as I did). I've managed to haul the stand to two fairs (without slipping a disc lifting it), and have trimmed my nanny goat's hooves and administered her injections with a minimum of trouble ... since she'd much rather munch on oats from the feed bin than complain about such small-time nuisances. Indeed, this stand might just be the answer to most any goat keeper's prayers. And—if you'll follow my instructions—I think you'll find it as easy to build as I did. Here is a larger image of the construction diagram.

Precutting Your Wood

In my experience, presawing the lumber for a shop project not only saves construction time, but also helps prevent mistakes . . . because it lets a builder understand how the pieces fit together before he or she starts nailing.

Begin by cutting the boards to the dimensions on the chart, but be sure to add 1/16" to each measurement to allow for the saw's width. Plus—if you mark each piece with a letter (according to the chart) after you cut it—you won't have to remeasure the parts later to determine which is which.

7/18/2017 9:23:00 AM

This is a very nice plan and parts list, parts all identified by lettering them for easy use later, But the the instructions for assembly completely ignores the lettering of the parts and uses descriptions instead. This made it very confusing for me. I will muttle thru and get the job done. thanks for the plans.

7/18/2017 9:22:58 AM

This is a very nice plan and parts list, parts all identified by lettering them for easy use later, But the the instructions for assembly completely ignores the lettering of the parts and uses descriptions instead. This made it very confusing for me. I will muttle thru and get the job done. thanks for the plans.

4/18/2014 3:17:56 PM

Anyone who milks one or more goats will find it ABSOLUTELY helpful to use a milking stand. The one I used had a seat cut out of it, too - as a little appendage on the floor. I used to trim the goats' feet in this stand also. I always thought it was funny that they lined up in the same order every day to be milked! It is FAR MORE SANITARY to use a milking stand. Just put a cup or scoop of feed in the feed box the first time - and they will gladly jump up. Lock their heads in - (give them a little smooch on the head), and milk away!

10/19/2013 8:52:40 AM

to Mahafakir, its really hard on someone to milk stooped over, thats the purpose of the milking stand. With a stand, nipples (human and goat) are about the same level while the human is sitting and the goat standing. Its real handy this way. Nor is is comfortable for either to in the milking process to hold a leg in any restraining fashion so the doe will not kick. All of my goats are much more at ease with all 4 feet on the ground. But I do think the price list is outdated. I believe the material would cost easily twice the quoted price.

marie stevens
1/9/2012 11:08:57 PM

The bill of materials are in the image gallery. It's the 3rd photo. @Mahafakir: Really? Goats love to climb! saying its scary for them to climb on something is like saying its scary for a fish to swim.

michael alexander
11/10/2011 4:42:41 PM

Got a question. The 3/4inch holes don't line up on board c and e. What are the distance supose to be?

11/29/2010 1:10:35 PM

What kind of article is this. Why do you need a goat stand? What is the problem with milking goats as they stand on the ground unless you want to raise the level of goats teats so that you can grab them standing up. If the goats are standing on the ground you can sit down and milk. It is easier to handle the goats that kick when you milk them when they stand o the ground. Like I've solved the problem of milking a goat who reduses to be milked by placing one of her legs between my thighs and legs so that the cow stands on three legs. It is quiet comfortable for the goat. Or you can stand and grab one of her legs high up and squeeze one of her tits with your free hand. Or you can have another person hold both of her legs by sitting behind her while the second person stands to her side and milks her. I'd rather buy a second goat with the money I saved by not building the milk stand. Besides it is very scary for the goat to have to climb up the stand.

10/27/2010 5:22:51 PM

Hi I am wondering if the feed box would be tall enough for a Nubian . thanks

ruth archambault
5/13/2010 3:20:08 PM

The bill of materials is nowhere to be found. Could you supply it? I like the look of this stand, but need dimensions, etc. I see the directions, but no "materials list" to coordinate the parts...e.g. "Part A," "Part B," "Part C," etc. Thanks!

6/7/2009 7:12:57 PM

Can't find a bill of materials. What lengths of lumber and how many do I need?

4/3/2007 3:06:08 PM

Madeleine, the directions are in the Image Gallery at the top right of the article under "Related."

3/30/2007 11:26:20 AM

Is there a materials list you would like to share. I can't for the life of me figure out how many 1x's and 2x's whatever I will need.

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