Bull talk


Calving info




The stanchion was built with pressure treated 2 x 6's, a couple pieces of 2 x 4, a 3' piece of 1 x 6, and plywood for the bottom of the feeding area.

There are three Home Depot stores within a seven mile radius of my farm.  Each of them have "cull" bins in the lumber departments where you can purchase items for 50cents to $2.00.  For instance, when they have 2x4s or 2x6s that are warped. . .or have damage, they will cut them down to 4 or 5 feet and put them in the bins.  Once, I purchased an entire truck load of 2x4s and 2x6s and other odds and ends including  4x4 sheets of plywood for $20.00.  Some store managers are much more generous with the culling than others, but I never go into a Home Depot without checking out the cull bin, and bringing home items I can use for one of my future projects. 


The stanchion is 36' wide.  .. and is attached to the interior beam of the barn wall with pieces of 2 x 4 attached to the 2 x 6s which are attached to short pieces of 2x4 toenailed into the ceiling cross beams.

Picture 1 - Starting with the top picture on the right, you will see a stationary 2x6 set into the dirt floor of the barn, and then nailed to a 2x4 toenailed between the barn crossbeams.  ( Shown in the photo of the top of the stanchion).  Next is a 2x6 that is attached at the bottom with a bolt, and this is the left side of the headgate which moves, and has a cutout for the cow with horns.  The next 2x6 is stationary, and has a cut-out so the horned cow can get her head into the stanchion.  Next is a stationary 2x6, and then the outer 2x6 which is set into the dirt floor, and attached 2 a 2x4 toenailed between the crossbeams of the barn.  At the bottom of the stanchion you will see 2 36" pieces of 2x6 attached to the front and backsides of all the upright 2x6's.  In the 2x6 ( second from left) that moves, there is a hole drilled through all the boards and a bolt with washer used to give that board the ability to move left to right to close the headgate.

Picture 2 -   Shows the middle of the stanchion.  You can see at the top of the stanchion a piece of plywood.  I had to put this "roof" on to keep the free range chickens from roosting on the 2x6 crosspiece and leaving droppings in the field area.  There is also a slanted piece of plywood along the top of the beam behind the stanchion for the same purpose.  In the second photo the handle is in the down position, which moves the left board to the open position for the headgate.

Picture 3 -  This shows the top of the stanchion.  The 2 short 2x6s used to enclose the upright boards, and the way they are nailed to the 2x4's toenailed into the crossbeams. 




Picture 4 -  Shows the feeding area.  The two pieces of 2x4 that sit on the barn beam, and on the 1x6 nailed to the back of the 2x6s have a piece of plywood attached which is the floor of the feeding area.  The 2x4s mainly keep the food or hay from spilling out.

Picture 5-  You can see how the short 2x6s 36' wide are used to enclose and hold the upright 2x6 pieces.  You can also see the 1x6 piece that is attached to the 2x6's and used to support the piece of plywood that is the floor of the feed area

Picture 6-  This shows the handle.  The handle is made of 2x4s.  Thre are two pieces of 2x4 that are bolted together with bolts, washers, and taps that make the handle, and a third 2x4 piece that fits inside the other two.  This handle via the placement of the bolt, slides up and down on the upright 2x6 and opens or closes the head gate.  The last bolt on the handle is positioned so that the moveable 2x6 opens the width you decide is right for your cows depending on whether they are horned or dehorned.

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