Electric assist vehicles become more and more popular. The development of e-carriages is only at the beginning, but it could have a promising future, especially in mountainous regions like Switzerland.
The prototype SmP Kombi-Séi 1.2, a new concept of a single horse multi-purpose seeder, has been selected on 11 January 2017 for the "Innovation Arena" of TP Organics. TPorganics is one of the European Technology Platforms (ETP), officially recognized by the European Commission and dedicated to sustainable farming and food production. (for further information see link below)This implement has been developed and built by the non-profit association "Schaff mat Päerd." A corresponding 12-page test report in English was published on 28 December 2016. It can be ordered under the link below.
Over the last months news media reported about a huge demand from China for donkey hides, which puts under great pressure the donkey populations and their owners worldwide. The hides are used to produce a traditional Chinese medicine.
An extensive report on the issue is now published by THE DONKEY SANCTUARY.
In October 2016 the Portuguese Association for Animal Traction APTRAN together with the European working horse network FECTU organized a symposium on THE XXI CENTURY MOUNTAINS:SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF MOUNTAINOUS AREAS BASED ON ANIMAL TRACTION in Bragança (Portugal) during the Ist INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN MOUNTAIN REGIONS.
The following abstracts of the symposium underline the relevance of working animals worldwide and the important role they continue to play today. After an overview of the renaissance of working horses in Europe in the last decades different aspects of the possible use and further development of animal traction are presented, based on experiences in Portugal, Switzerland and Italy and dealing with societal, economical, environmental and agrotechnical issues.
Draught animal power has been defined as the "forgotten renewable" or as "the underdeveloped development tool".
Forgotten and underdeveloped this source of energy can't express all its potential probably because the decision makers, NGO's, international organizations and national authorities are not informed on how animal traction is widespread in remote villages.
The aim of the survey launched at www.wedap.eu/survey01.html is to supply data to the decision makers on how draught animal power can be a very useful intermediate technology between manual labor and mechanization.
All those who have appropriate information are kindly requested to fill in the 4 pages form of the survey.
Some more information of a cost benefit analysis on the use of draught animal power can be found in document http://www.wedap.eu/d/abc2015.pdf presented at the Asian Buffalo Congress held in Istanbul April 21-25, 2015.
A short presentation of the matter is available also in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFJKJkZpsdc