|Economics of Farming with Horses|
by Chet Kendell
Our family's choice to use horses to farm our land in Ogden, Utah, was not based on economics. It was simply something we wanted to do for the sake of the entire farming system, including the family involvement in the farm. Some of the significant benefits we recognized include:
To begin answering these questions, we must establish costs for each optiontractor power and horse powerthen look at the trade-off using some fundamental cost evaluation tools. My analysis is based on just one farm, and since the devil is often hidden in the details, my assumptions are structured so you may substitute your own values and make your own comparisons.
Chet Kendell is on the Economics faculty at Brigham Young University - Idaho in Rexburg and a PhD candidate on the Viability of the Sustainable Agricultural Enterprise with emphasis on animal traction tillage from Michigan State University. This article appeared in the Spring 2005 issue of Rural Heritage.
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