Simple Milking Stalls

Before designing and building our dairy barn a few years back, I spent a lot of time researching old dairy barns.  I didn’t want to hear from government-funded commercial dairies that wanted cows living in ghettoes.  I live on a farm and want a dairy barn that is as clean, comfortable and simple as our farm itself.  So, I used my skills as a historian and researcher to dig…

No shirts, muck boots and milkin' away.  Lots of helpful design ideas here.  Notice the hobbles on the feet and tail restraints.  Notice also how open and airy the place is--plenty of sunlight and fresh air.  Cement floors.

No shirts, cigarettes, milkin' away. Lots of helpful design ideas here. Notice the hobbles on the feet and tail restraints. Notice also how open and airy the place is--plenty of sunlight and fresh air. Cement floors.

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Our milking stall was designed by me based on experience and what I thought would be best, then I saw this picture which was almost identical--I took that as a good sign. Same hobbles and tail restraints as the picture above. Notice the man is holding the bucket between his feet, out from under the cow to keep falling debris/dust out.

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Ahh...simple, no? This is the third picture you've seen with 3-sided, outdoor milking area. Milking can be very simple if you stay away from the commercial dairy advice that makes life much harder than it is.

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