is a bimonthly
journal in support of farming
and logging with draft horses,
mules, and oxen. The August/September 2017 issue was mailed to subscribers on July 26, 2017. Below is this issue’s annotated Table of Contents, with a link to a full feature article to showcase the good reading delivered to your door every other month when you
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A look back at tried and true advice from over 30 years of Rural Heritage featuring: Invisible horse routine (magic), teaching a colt to whoa, trailer safety, draft of a wheeled implement, horse shoes, recognition of pregnancy, working a young hourse and mastitis in mares.
Joe tells us about his visit to Bishop, California and a mule powered farm in Kentucky.
Two new books, The Age of the Horse: An Equine Journey Through Human History and Barney the Lopsided Mule are both reviewed.
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Jason and Katrina Julian, along with their horses Billings and Hannah play a part in their local Jr. High school Civil War Day. Jason describes the day and the activities with the horses.
Hazel Freeman explains the concept of cover crops, its benefits, what to plant, when to plant, no-till and finally, terminating the crop. She includes a quick list of benefits.
Dave Feltenberger explains the term
“Kill Pen” referring to an Internet practice of offering equine for sale at inflated prices marketing them as about to go to slaughter unless purchased. Dave presents five situations in which he has purchased such animals and the various outcomes.
Ken Gies decides to build his own ground drive PTO cart. This DIY article covers all the important steps from deciding on its use and speed, choosing a differential, brakes and making a cart. Ken walks though all the math needed to make sure everything works together.
The Leeds Count Draft Horse Club in Eastern Ontario added a driving clinic to their 30th anniversary celebration. Valerie Kirkwood, coordinator, explains all the ins and outs of setting up such an event and shares many photos of the fun that was had by all.
Join Katrina Julian as she shares her family’s practice of processing their home grown meat. With the purchase of a new smoker and sausage stuffer this year, they have saved on the cost of processing at the local butcher!
Philip Henderson clears up the common cow/bull/horn confusion. He also gives us much more information on the horns of cattle, both physiological and practical.
Learn about Will Dobkins and his business hand making long and short handled garden tools based on older, vintage tools.
Making your livestock work for you is the emphasis in this article on pasture management. Liz Hughey shares her story of her farm’s transformation to Management Intensive Grazing and the amazing results after only a couple of years.
Earlier than planned knee replacement causes Ralph Rice to make plans for the future of his farm, both near term and long term.
Great photos from this annual Minnesota wagon train that has raised over $1 million dollars in the 30 year run. Money is given to Camp Winnebago, a summer camp for persons with special needs.