|Better Farming Series 14 - Farming with Animal Power (FAO - INADES, 1977, 57 p.)|
|Choosing and preparing fields|
|Size and shape of fields|
|Marking the boundaries of a field|
|Grub out all the trees in the field|
|Get permission to farm for a long time|
|Choosing oxen for farm work|
|Harnessing oxen with a yoke|
|How to train oxen|
|How many hours a day can oxen work?|
|How to feed working oxen|
|Looking after working' oxen|
|Tools for use with animal power|
|Choice of tools|
|The Manga cultivator|
|The seed drill|
|Income from animal power|
|What animal power costs|
|Buying animals and tools|
|The animals' food|
|Upkeep and repair of tools|
|What animal power farming costs him:|
|Some examples of animal power farming|
|Suggested question paper|
In Africa, horses, saddled, are chiefly used for carrying people.
But they can also be used for pulling farm implements. For that the horse has a collar (see page 37) or a breast- strap.
Horse with breast- strap
The horse is stronger than the donkey but more difficult to train well.
· These words are useful to learn: a male horse is called a stallion; a female is called a mare; a young horse is called a colt or foal.
· A horse needs the same care as a donkey.
· Like the donkey, the horse eats grass.
When it is working, give it a feed supplement every day, such as 2 to 4 kilogrammes of crushed millet or sorghum mixed with rice bran, for light work, and 4 kilogrammes of millet for heavy work.