Anyone out there using workhorses or oxen with students 18 years old or younger?
I know there are some good colleges teaching older students to work with draft animals, but don't know of any high school doing that work.
We acquired two week-old Jersey bull calves last September from Butterworks Farm in Westfield, Vermont and have been having a blast raising them, training them and sharing our delight with the community at festivals and in programs on the FARM. They're now steers, 220-230 lbs. each at 4.5 months, and we work with them individually in halters to train them with commands, as well as together in a little yoke. I took the Tiller's class in November and had a wonderful time -- those folks are so great! Let us know if you want to chat more or if you've gotten your own animals. I find the kids are really drawn to and capable of working with the steers and the big OX (with supervision). Happy New Year!