Heavy Horses is probably one of the most comprehensive yet beginner-friendly draft horse resources on the web.
For truly small farms, these draft animals can be quite useful in their own way, transporting tools, produce, firewood, small children, or whatever else is required.
You may be wondering if you can really have it all. After all, weren’t modern livestock breeds specialized for a reason? Let’s find out.
Are draft animals outdated? Definitely not, teamsters of all types would be happy to tell you. Draft animals have several advantages over machinery, especially when it comes to sustainable agriculture. They don’t require petroleum to run, they are less likely to compact the soil, and they can provide a valuable boost to soil nutrient levels.Continue reading “3 Promising Niches for Draft Animals”
Those who are considering draft animals generally find themselves comparing oxen, horses, and mules. Donkeys do not receive nearly as much attention in the draft world, but that is not to say they can’t pull their own weight around the farm! The donkey breed best suited to farm work is the American Mammoth Jackstock. LargerContinue reading “Which Draft Animal is Right for You?: Donkeys”
Mules are superb in low-input farm situations. The question is whether or not you are one of those special people who can get along with a mule.
The horse has always been and still remains a great favorite with some who work with draft animals. It is widely in use among the Amish, and it has enjoyed the attentions of homesteaders and small farmers of all stripes in recent years. While heavy horses are the ones commonly thought of as draft horses,Continue reading “Which Draft Animal is Right for You?: Horses”
For truly heavy farm work, such as clearing land, the patient, hard-working ox is difficult to beat due to his impressive strength and great stamina.
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The beef, dairy, and dual-purpose breeds our readers are researching.