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macgro7

  • Joined Feb 2016
Milking stand vs no stand
« on: July 08, 2019, 12:57:23 pm »
Question to cow (or goat) milkers:

Do you have a stand to milk your animals? Or do you just tie her with a rope in the barn or out in the field?
What's your setup???
In looking for ideas.
Growing loads of fruits and vegetables! Raising dairy goats, chickens, ducks, geese rabbits and a little boy on 1/2 acre in the middle of the city of Leicester, using permaculture methods.
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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Milking stand vs no stand
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2019, 04:23:48 pm »
It would have to be a heck of a stand to take the weight of a cow!  :o  ;D

Our old hand, Jersey Hillie, needs nothing more than her leather collar tied (with a bit of baler twine, of course  :D) to a gate or hurdle.  Something to stop her swivelling too far sideways helps, but in general, having her alongside a gate and her milkmaid (or milkman) squatting on her other side is all we need. 

We hand milk into a bucket, so we are sitting one side of her anyway.

This year we are training her daughter, Red Devon cross Flare.  Because I’ve had a problem in the past with a heifer that didn’t take to the tethered collar setup, we trained Flare with a pen and a bum strap.  While training at first, we did this with a very robust setup, using scaffolding poles bolted to the ground and walls, so there was no possibility of her harming herself or us. Now that she’s used to the regime, we can milk her anywhere in a ‘U’ shape made by a fence and a gate at right angles, with a hurdle for the third side.  Because she’s still young, we do strap it all down pretty firmly still, but when she’s older I expect it won’t need to be so robust.  The bum strap is a chain threaded through a bit of alkathene pipe, fixed to the sides of the pen using carabiners.  She walks in for her jug of grass pellets, you click the strap behind her, and she’ll stay there happily, chewing the cud when she’s finished her pellets, until you unclip the strap. The pen needs to be narrow enough she can’t turn around, and you need to be able to reach her udder from the side, of course.

« Last Edit: July 08, 2019, 04:27:02 pm by SallyintNorth »
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Buttermilk

  • Joined Jul 2014
Re: Milking stand vs no stand
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2019, 06:19:58 pm »
Our old abreast parlour had the cows climb up a concrete step to be milked.  For a permanent set up you could make one for your cow.

shep53

  • Joined Jan 2011
  • Argyll
Re: Milking stand vs no stand
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2019, 06:59:17 pm »
DEPENDS on you ,if you don't mind the weather then you could hand milk a couple of cows in the field with just a halter / feed bucket /milk bucket / wash bucket and a stool to sit on . For more cows or you hate rain/snow then a simple byre system or abreast parlour and a bucket milking machine with an engine , have a look on youtube

macgro7

  • Joined Feb 2016
Re: Milking stand vs no stand
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2019, 08:20:36 pm »
I was thinking of a portable system instead of expensive concrete parlour.
This guys design is nice:
https://youtu.be/gSaYBaH3i4E

Or this one even better (they actually sell those in lots of different sizes, from 2 cow at the time to something like 8):
https://youtu.be/N5D7ay36Rus
Growing loads of fruits and vegetables! Raising dairy goats, chickens, ducks, geese rabbits and a little boy on 1/2 acre in the middle of the city of Leicester, using permaculture methods.

shep53

  • Joined Jan 2011
  • Argyll
Re: Milking stand vs no stand
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2019, 08:53:02 pm »
Put milking bail into google for ideas

 

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