|Better Farming Series 14 - Farming with Animal Power (FAO - INADES, 1977, 57 p.)|
Oxen can be very useful if they are well trained.
When oxen are very well trained, one man alone can drive them and hold the plough.
If the oxen are not well trained, three people are needed: one in front to lead; one at the side, to make the oxen go forward; one behind, to hold the plough.
It takes time to train oxen well, but this time is not wasted. Afterwards, only one man will be needed to drive the oxen and hold the plough.
Once oxen are trained, they should be harnessed fairly often.
Never leave them too long without harnessing them. If you do not harness your oxen for 6 months, they will lose their good habits. In the dry season when there is no ploughing or cultivating to do, harness your oxen for transport. Then they will not lose their good habits.