How to Build a Fitting Stand for Goats or Sheep

Written by brandon salo | 13/05/2017
How to Build a Fitting Stand for Goats or Sheep
A fitting stand will keep your goat or sheep still. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Fitting stands are used for grooming sheep and milking goats. Fitting stands have raised platforms for the animals to stand on and have an area made with PVC pipe to secure the head of the animal. A raised platform makes it easy to groom or milk the animal, and the securing of the head keeps the animal from moving.

Set two 41-inch boards on edge, parallel and 27 inches apart. Set the 27-inch boards between them at right angles on edge so the corners between the four boards are flush. Place the plywood on top of the boards and position it so the edges are flush with the sides of the boards. Screw the plywood to the boards using four screws for each board. This is the platform for your stand.

Attach the legs to the platform. Turn the set of boards over so they're on top of the plywood. Place an 11-inch board perpendicularly inside each corner. Screw four screws through each corner into each 11-inch board. Four screws will go through each board on the stand, two at each end.

Drill a pair of holes through each 31-inch board. Space the centre of the holes 4 inches apart and centre the pair so each hole is 13 ½ inches away from the ends of each board, and 2 ¾ inches away from the edges of each board.

Set the two 47-inch boards on edge, parallel and 31 inches apart. Set the 31-inch boards on edge and between them at right angles. Space the 31-inch boards 32 ¼ inches apart so only one of the boards is flush with the ends of the 47-inch boards. Screw through the 47-inch boards into the 31-inch boards so two screws enter each end of the 31-inch boards. This is the head holder for your stand. The holes will hold the PVC pipes.

Set the 31-inch board 11 ¾ inches away from the ends of the 47-inch board flat on top of the platform so its edge is flush with one of the 31-inch edges on the plywood. Screw through the 47-inch boards and into the 41-inch boards on the platform. Use four screws for each board.

Insert your pipes through the holes in the 31-inch boards. Lift one pipe when positioning the goat's or sheep's head in the stand and then lower it when its neck is against the other pipe.

Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • 2 pine boards, 2-by-6-by-41-inches
  • 2-pine boards, 2-by-6-by-27-inches
  • Plywood, 3/4-by-31-by-41-inches
  • 4 pine boards, 4-by-4-by-11-inches
  • 2 pine boards, 2-by-6-by-31-inches
  • 2 pine boards, 2-by-4-by-47-inches
  • Screw gun
  • 48 wood screws, 3 1/2-inch
  • Drill
  • Drill bit, 1-inch
  • 2 PVC pipes, 1-by-35-inch

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