Jess DeMoss wrote:How much would a Norwegian Fjord eat compared to a larger draft horse? and how about a burro? I'm just wondering how much feed would be required for these dudes if I didn't have much if any pasture for them...
R Scott wrote:
Either your bull or maybe even your milk cow.
Not sure if you can get away with one or if you need a pair.
According to Grandpa, the beast never behaved badly before or after that. Just had to get his willies out, I suppose.
I would still give Dexters a thought. As well as being lovely animals to work with, a couple of good ones (and you should never have a single cow anyway unless you want her to get mental problems) could be calved alternately, keep you in dairy heaven and draft in their off year. Something like this
A Philipsen wrote:The trouble with using your milk cow for plowing is, even my fat little Dexter drops weight pretty dramatically if I'm milking her.
C. Letellier wrote:The harness would have to be carefully designed and fitted to stand a chance.
R Scott wrote:Horses or mules can make sense if you use them every day. $10 a day for fuel, but they burn it whether you use them or not. and you need to work them every couple days or they will be out of shape and no good when you need them--it is a huge time commitment.
Giselle Burningham wrote:Hum I wonder how many chickens you would need to pull a plow lol. Giselle
Tyler Ludens wrote:That's fantastic!