Oxen and Cart Exhibit

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Chandler Hughes will exhibit his oxen and oxen cart at the Campbell County Heritage Festival on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at the William Campbell HS and Community Park at Naruna, VA.

 

Hughes will demonstrate how farmers used oxen before tractors and other labor saving machinery was common on the farm. Often referred to as “A poor man’s horse”, the oxen is an adult castrated male calf, usually a dairy calf since dairy cows are more docile. Long ago it was fairly common to raise oxen because most of the farmers had a milk cow so he could raise his own oxen when he could not afford to buy a horse. Commonly known as “a beast of burden”, oxen were mainly used to move heavy loads around the farm. Farmers did not often work oxen to cultivate gardens or row crops since the animals are not sure footed as a horse.

 

Chandler Hughes started training these young oxen to pull an oxen cart. He started the oxen at an early age with verbal commands and will demonstrate how he has trained the animals to work together as a team. By using a yoke to pair them together, the oxen work as a team sharing the load.  The training process took about 3-4 years.

 

Come out and see these young oxen pull the cart at the Campbell County Heritage Festival on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at the Community Park and William Campbell High School at Naruna, VA.

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