Working animals in the mountains

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.

Horse-Powered Farming for the 21st Century

The second volume written by Stephen Leslie "picks up where the first volume left off and digs farther into the nuts and bolts, identifying and using the equipment that will allow you to operate a successful draft-animal-powered market garden.The theme of the 'Basic Tool Kit' will help you to understand the function of each horse-drawn implement necessary for market gardening. Picking up on the concept of an 'Essential Equipment List' used extensively in the first book, we will examine the function and use of all the implements typically employed on a contemporary draft-animal-powered market garden and illustrate these points with insightful 'Farm Profiles' and 'Home built Solutions' provided by more than 60 draft-animal-powered farmers and equipment manufacturers from across the North American continent and Europe."

The New Horse-Powered Farm

In a moment when fossil fuel cannot be considered as a valuable energy source for the future any longer and when the enormous importance of small farmers around the world is increasingly recognized this book offers an overview of modern "tools and systems for the small-scale sustainable market grower". The author works as an experienced small farmer in the U.S.He describes in 335 pages all you need to know about working horses, farm fertility and the numerous different works that can be done with horses. A large range of tools and implements are presented and their use for producing all kinds of vegetables and fodder for the animals is explained. Contributions from other experienced farmers and many photos and illustrations enhance the book. A special chapter deals with the economics of a small horse-powered farm.
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