[Market-farming] Oxen Workshop
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Mon Apr 25 21:33:38 EDT 2011
Workshop: An Introduction to Training and Driving Oxen
When: Saturday, May 14th , 10 AM to 5 PM
Where: Living Energy Farm, Louisa VA (see below for directions)
Registration Contact: Sara Tansey, *sara.m.tansey at gmail.com* , *843-694-8896
Cost: $50, includes lunch. Checks made payable to Living Energy Farm.
Internationally, no animal is used for draft as commonly as the ox.
Sometimes referred to as the “poor man's horse,” oxen are cheaper and more
easily obtained than horses, and much cheaper to feed. While not as fast as
horses, they are stronger and have more endurance, and a more level
This workshop is intended as an introduction to oxen for those with little
or no experience with cattle. We will begin by discussing the historical and
modern significance of the ox as a working animal. We will cover the pros
and cons of different breeds, and go over the basics of selecting calves,
early halter and yoke training, feeding, housing and care. We will then
learn the basic commands used to drive oxen and discuss techniques used to
teach each of these commands. Participants will have a chance to practice
these commands by driving one of our oxen teams. We will demonstrate both a
mature team plowing a field, and a younger team pulling a cart.
This workshop will be taught by Luke Conner. Luke has worked with oxen since
he was five years old, and has spent the past four years training, working,
and showing his team, Calvin and Hobbes. Workshop assistants Jon and Debbie
of Living Energy Farm have been training their team, Lojki and Fiddle, for
the past eight months.
Directions to Living Energy Farm:
>From West/ Charlottesville area:
Take I-64 East, toward Richmond. The next exit past Zion Crossroads is Rte.
208. Turn Left/ North on 208. Follow 208 for about 10 miles to the town of
Louisa. When you come to a stoplight, turn Left. In one block, turn Right on
Fredericksburg Ave. This road becomes Bibb Store Road. The (unmarked)
address of the LEF property is 1050 Bibb Store Road. It will be on your
Right. There is a white sign that says LEF on it.
>From East/ Richmond area:
Take I-64 West, toward Charlottesville. The next exit past Shannon Hill is
Rte. 208. Turn Right/ North on 208. Follow 208 for about 10 miles to the
town of Louisa. When you come to a stoplight, turn Left. In one block, turn
Right on Fredericksburg Ave. This road becomes Bibb Store Road. The
(unmarked) address of the LEF property is 1050 Bibb Store Road. It will be
on your Right. There is a white sign that says LEF on it.
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