Since constructing our Mini Dairy Goat Barn last fall, we have certainly gotten some use out of it! We have added three new does and Karen is due to kid next month. While we got it constructed and set up "good enough" to get us through the winter, we have have taken the past several months to work on the finer details. Because it's mini, I have to maximize every bit of space I can for storage and to allow me to be more efficient...but still have room to move around. I have to walk a fine line between storage and efficiency, and making it over cluttered Since my last post, additional stalls have been built, shelving put up, sliding doors added, and a milk stand constructed.
Aside from some finishing trim work, adding a roof extension/canopy, and running electricity (aside from my ghetto extension cord) down and installing some outlets, I am calling it "done". I've said it before and I'll say it again, you can do a lot in a small space with a well thought out design! I am more than happy with how this has turned out, and the girls seem more than content in their new digs.
View walking in the man door. Grain and alfalfa pellets in metal trash cans line the left side, with a pallet that can hold a couple bales of hay while the rest is stored in the loft. Storage along the left side allows space to walk and move around to the right and gain easy access to the stalls.
Shelving along the left side walking in, above the grain gives storage for everyday items like rubber food dishes, minerals, herbal supplements, Annie's dog treats, and spare tools I always seem to need.
Placing the milk stand in the corner against the wall keeps it from sticking out into the main area and wasting space. I milk solely from the right side, so this allows me to maximize my space while still being efficient when milking.
Spare pine shavings fit perfectly under the milk stand, keeping it out of the way but easily accessible. A small trash can fits perfectly between the front of the stand and the wall to toss my baby wipes and paper towels in.
Shelf in the corner above the milk stand where I can store my commonly used items when milking. Easy access to Fight Bac, baby wipes, fly spray, Replamin, thermometer, stand cleaner, hoof trimmers, and teat tape. In the warmer months I can leave all of these items in the barn rather than toting them back and forth at each milking.
We do have grand plans of building a large barn in the existing foundation where the original one on our property was. That however, is at least ten years away! So until then I will get a lot of use out of this mini barn and it will most certainly serve its purpose for my herd of dairy goats!
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