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Homestead stumbling

diy milking stanchion tipsToday was one of those wet and rainy days where puttering on a project indoors makes more sense then trying to battle the forces of spring.

While working on fixing one of the deer deterrents I tried out a new podcast called Stumbling Homestead by a guy named Darcy. I skipped back to episode 9 where he talks about keeping a family cow and was reminded about how Anna and I recently decided to let go of the cow owning dream due to our lack of pasture.

I like Darcy's podcasting style and the way he presents all the trial and error steps along with a running list of how much he paid to get started in the home milking business. Some really invaluable information if you've ever thought about getting a cow or just like to hear these types of homesteading escapades.

What most impressed me was his ability to recognize what was wrong about his first generation milking stanchion and how he simplified it to the one in the picture here. The two before and after pictures along with his explanations really break it down in a way that was informative while at the same time entertaining.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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