America’s history has long been linked with domestic animals. It is hard to imagine what our nation would have looked like in its early years without the hard-working horse and ox, let alone the backyard flocks of chickens. While many, many breeds have been important to our nation throughout the years, a few stand out… Continue reading 10 Animal Breeds Important to American History
These books may pique your interest and give you some insight into the old-fashioned art of making harness.
If you have a flock or herd that you have to manage on a regular basis, adding a canine partner may be a big help.
Acquire the knowledge necessary to choose and purchase draft animals, and then learn to work them in the field, woodlot, or market garden.
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Is your dog an athlete? It takes a little extra care to bring a dog to this level of performance. This book will walk you through the process.
In the United States, oxen, horses, and mules are the traditional draft animals of choice. Donkeys are also common. But all of these animals tend to be rather large. What if you have a smaller farm to work? One option is to consider a miniature horse or donkey. Another is to try something completely outside… Continue reading 5 Unconventional Draft Animals
The three most common types of livestock that herding dogs work with in the United States are ducks, sheep, and cattle. Other animals that are regularly herded with dogs are chickens, geese, turkeys, and goats. Some talented dogs can herd all of these species. However, many others are a little more specialized, particularly in the… Continue reading A Guide to Herding by Livestock Species
The premise is that you cannot teach a dog to herd, simply because it already knows how. Instead, your role is that of pack leader.
Dogs can play all sorts of roles on a small homestead, from herding sheep to guarding goats to controlling vermin to hunting game for the table. You may be curious to know what dog breeds our readers have gravitated to during their research. Here’s the answer. 10. Border Collie The classic sheepdog can be a… Continue reading Top 10 Reader-Favorite Dog Breeds