is a bimonthly
journal in support of farming
and logging with draft horses,
mules, and oxen. The October/November 2017 issue was mailed to subscribers on September 28, 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: Draft animal usefulness, splitting straight rails, applying manure to pastures, rope loop, starting a colt on a pole, laminitis, turn out ideal horses, early gelding and the biggest wagon EVER!.
Words of thanksgiving from our editor.
Selections from our extensive catalog of books, DVD's, and cards relating to draft animals, diversified farming and self sustainable living.
(contacts for breed registries and regional draft clubs)
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After helping and learning from his Amish neighbors, Donn Hewes plans his own barn. And again, with the help of many friends, he builds it. Lots of great pictures of the six hour barn raising!
Jenifer Morrissey tells about her job packing gravel from a mountain site, down hill to a housing site. She uses an experienced pony and a novice. We are reminded what these ponies were bred for – short and easy to load, surefooted in steep rocky terrain and strong enough for a heavy load.
A reprint from Farm Knowledge, Volume I, Farm Animals published in 1919 with comments from Ralph Rice. This piece includes the essentials for starting and maintaining a hog operation (housing, breed choice, breeding, care, weaning, feeding, marketing and more.
Ralph Rice gives us information on additional nutrient rich food a grass fed pig needs. A balanced ration and plenty of fresh clean water are essential.
Mary Ann Sherman’s annual overview of all the goings o n at Horse Progress Days. She sure makes it sound like the place to be!
This HPD seminar focused on helping developing countries with farming techniques to improve food production. Two presenters discussed their work introducing practical ideas to local farmers and how to introduce new techniques and promote animal power to increase productivity.
Horse Trainer Andrew Beiler spent his seminar teaching a 6-year-old Saddlebred horse. The horse was a little uneasy with he audience but Andrew demonstrated many techniques which the article explains well.
Dr Gladis Zinati of the Rodale Institute explains their herbicide free no-till method to kill a cover crop. This method uses an implement developed by Rodale called a roller-crimper. I&J now manufactures and sells a smaller version. Read about the success of this method with many tips for your own implementation.
Mona Latie representing Sellerie Percheronne of France brought some of their collars to show. Originally based on the Omnibus collar from the end of the 19th century, these collars are up to date and innovative. Take a look and read about the designs and materials.
Harmony Hollow Therapeutic Riding Program demonstrated Friday afternoon with three riders. Read about the organization and the benefits of this type of therapy.
Toro Irrigation representative Bill Wohlfram explained all the ins and outs of drip irrigation. From basic parts to water source, filters, testing and "fertigation" - he covers all the basics.
"Good soil is like chocolate cake" said Reuben Stoltzfus during his talk about healthy soil. Read about some of Reuben's suggestions and warnings.
Cattleman Tim Fritz explains how to produce grass fed beef. He covers types of forage, cattle breed choice, stocking rate and lots of information on the forage itself.
Dr. Jeffrey Edelson DVM teaches us about the proper care and conditioning of our horses for the work they perform and weather in which they will perform it. Included is a list the sign of heat stroke. He also presented information on "tying up" and how to prevent this problem.
A reporting on the annual meeting of international visitors, representing 16 different countries. Read about what some of the visitors shared with their US counterparts.
Lots of photos and information on the latest horse drawn farming equipment.
Jenifer Morrissey's great-great-grandfather's travels to Florida in 1910 inspire this article's history of Florida and it's agrigultural roots. She also provides some every interesting history of trains and transportatoin in those early years.