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- October 26, 2008 at 11:12 pm #39677RobinParticipant
I just returned from doing an ox demo for the Otisville, NY Historical Society.
It was a very sucessfull day. It took place at a farm from 1790, house & barn still intact. They cooked in a bee hive oven, had food for sale, horse shoer, books on the town, the barn area had rope making, shingle making, a calf, duck, chick, etc. plus a barn full of old farm equipment.
The attendance was high. A beautiful fall day. 4-H kids helped. It was a free event. Food prices were minimal. A good day was had by all. Just wanted to pass along a little info from our almost non-agricultural area.October 27, 2008 at 12:47 am #46944becorsonParticipant
what kind of oxendo you have?October 27, 2008 at 10:32 pm #46945RobinParticipant
I have under worked & over weight oxen.
Do you mean breed? I have a team of Brown Swiss which I got from the Brooklyn, Ct. oxen 4-Her’s. They are about 14 years old.
I also have a milking devon/red holstein cross. Also a milking devon/normandy cross. They are about 10 years old. Can you guess where I got them?????
From a great oxen guy, Howie Van Ord.
I also have a Holstein, who was given to me about 11 years ago. He’s a good pet, just hangs out with the “guys”.
I did lose one last December. He was 9 1/2years old, Holstein/Jersey cross, also given to me.
It is interesting here in this area, as I am the only oxen person in the county.
I do the best I can without a local mentor. I travel, when I can, to the oxen workshops, gatherings, etc. just to learn.
As the farms leave, so do the services, like Vets, hoof trimmers, feed stores.
I can only hope some of it will come back. Wishfull thinking, eh?
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