Make your own milking stanchion

Make your own milking stanchion – goat milking

Janet Knickerbocker

If you get dairy goats, you’ll probably want to build this nifty stanchion to make milking easy for both the milker and the milkee. The stanchion features an adjustable seat for the milker, a platform to raise the goat to a comfortable height and a feed box to keep her content while you milk.

To make the stanchion, you’ll need a skill saw, jigsaw, electric drill, Phillips screwdriver for the drill, a 1/6″ drill bit to bore pilot holes for screws and 1 1/2″ wood screws.

If you want, you can add a chain neck restraint, which will come in handy when introducing a new goat to milking.

The Stanchion


A. Two 44″ 1x12s for front

B. Two 48″ 1x12s for bottom

C. Two 23″ 1x6s for leg supports

D. One 36″ 1×8 for seat slide

E. Four 10 1/2″ 2x4s for legs

F. Two 23″ 2x4s for slide support

G. One 36″ 2×4 cut 45 degrees on

each end (for brace)

H. One 23″ 1×4 (top connector)

I. Two 8″ L-brackets

J. One 6″ piece of light chain

K. One screw eye, one screw hook

FRONT: Begin with the two 44″ 1x12s (A). Lay one on top of the other. Using a jigsaw cut out one half of the keyhole. Start the bottom of the keyhole at 19″ with the top ending at 39″. (See illustration for the shape, which may need to be enlarged to accommodate a goat with horns.) Lay the two boards (A) side by side and screw the top connector (H) flush with the top. Use four 1 1/2″ screws. Mount the L-brackets (I) flush with the bottom of front (A) on each outside edge, again using the 1 1/2″ screws.

FLOOR: Position the two bottom boards (B) side by side. As pictured, position the slide supports (F) under the bottom boards (B) and screw down from the top using 12 1 1/2″ screws, six per support. Attach the seat slide (D) across the bottom and flush with the outside edge of the slide support (F).

BRACING: Screw the leg supports (C) to the slide supports (F) using six 1/2″ screws in each. Attach the legs (E) to the leg supports (C) and to the bottom (B) on all four corners. Attach each leg using four 1 1/2″ screws, two in the top and two in the side.

TO ATTACH FRONT TO FLOOR: Attach the front (A) to the bottom (B) using the L-brackets previously installed on the front (A). Position brace (G) as shown in the diagram and screw to the front (A) and the bottom (B) flush with the far side of the stanchion.

If you’d like a restraint to confine your goat loosely to the stanchion, attach screw eye (K) to the right side near the bottom of the keyhole. Attach chain (J) to the screw eye (K). Attach the screw hook on the left side of the keyhole so you can fasten the chain loosely.


The Seat


A. One 36″ 1×12 (adjustable slide)

B. Two 16″ 1x12s (sides)

C. One 16″ 1×12 (top)

Mark and cut the two sides (B) as indicated on the diagram. Attach adjustable slide (A) onto sides (B) 8 1/2″ from the bottom. Use three 1 1/2″ screws on each side. Attach the top (C) across the top of the sidepieces allowing 2″ of overhang on each. Attach with six 1 1/2″ screws, three on each side.


The Feed Box


A. Two 13 1/2″ 1x4s (front and back)

B. Two 12″ 1x4s (sides)

C. One 15″ 1×12 (bottom)

Two 4″ L-brackets

Screw together the front and back (A) to the sides (B). Use two 1 1/2″ screws in each corner. Attach bottom (C) using three 1 1/2″ screws per side. Attach L-brackets to the bottom of the box, flush with outside edge. These will later attach the feed box to the stanchion.


Mark and Janet homestead in northeastern Missouri where Janet is a freelance writer and Mark works for the Missouri Department of Transportation.

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