Dems’ Dream Come True… Gas Prices Force Farmers to Ditch Tractors For Oxen
If they’re lucky they’ll get us to move into mud huts by next year.
The Daily Mail reported:
When farmers Danielle and Matt Boerson realised they could no longer afford to run their tractors, they took the bull by the horns – and ditched them for oxen.
Soaring petrol prices had become so high that the couple, who run an 80-acre farm near Madison, Wisconsin, were forced to get rid of their two tractors, hay baler, plough and rotavator.
So they took a course at the agricultural institute in traditional farming techniques.
‘It gave me the confidence that, yes, I could do this’, Danielle told the Times. ‘It just required a lot of concentration and a firm voice.’
Their instructor was former peace core volunteer Dick Roosenberg, 64, who learned the trade while working for the UN in West Africa.
He took the skills he had honed back to Michigan and set up Tillers International
At first the company was aimed at helping Third World farmers harvest in the cheapest way possible.
On the side, he also helped historically-themed villages.
But his specialist knowledge is now enjoying a new wave of interest with farmers from Wisconsin to Alaska now joining his courses.
He is already teaching up to 20 farmers every weekend.
‘People want to get away from petroleum fuels where they can, because it’s getting more expensive,’ he said.
A pair of plough-ready oxen cost $3,000 (£1,800) – roughly the same as a second hand tractor.
But younger cattle are a snip at $150 each. They only eat grass and can work for up to 14 years.
Now, if they could just get the cows to quit farting.