|Better Farming Series 14 - Farming with Animal Power (FAO - INADES, 1977, 57 p.)|
When a man works, he gets tired. When an ox works, it gets tired.
We know too that oxen need plenty of time to find their food and digest it.
For tiring work like ploughing, oxen should not be worked for more than 5 hours a day.
For less tiring work, like light transport, oxen can be worked a little longer.
It is best to make the oxen work when the sun is not too hot, early in the morning. When it is very hot, the oxen get tired more quickly, and work less.
You must not work the oxen too long. They will get too tired and will fall sick. The farmer must know his oxen well, so that he can judge what work they can do and remain well.