U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Rural and Small Town Living
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 12-23-2011, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Interior AK
4,729 posts, read 8,737,353 times
Reputation: 3364

Advertisements

Using horses or oxen (or llamas, or dogs or goats) for farming would work quite well and be economical if you had a very small farm, like a self-sufficient homestead less than 100 acres, that was primarily cultivated for your own food and resource supply instead of for market. Tractors, maintenance and fuel can be prohibitively expensive for such a small acreage; especially if you live somewhere that fuel and parts aren't easy to obtain so are marked up or cost extra in shipping & handling. Even an ATV/snowmachine with all the necessary attachments might not be as cost effective as an animal if you can grow most of the animal's feed on your land without much additional effort or expense. You can also get an animal into some terrain where mechanical vehicles aren't exactly viable, thus saving you time and effort building a road/trail and maximizing your natural resources. Plus the animal provides manure to fertilize food production, and can be eaten when it stops working with inedible parts added to the compost or used for other things (like leather, etc).

But, once you get larger than a certain size or if you can't easily grow the majority of feed and safely use manures onsite, I agree that animal-power probably isn't going to be cost effective for farming.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 12-23-2011, 08:07 AM
 
Location: North Cackelacky....in the hills.
19,556 posts, read 19,544,697 times
Reputation: 2499
Modern factory farming cannot exist without massive amounts of fertiliser,fuel and irrigation.

All of which are either getting more expensive or harder to get.

The American farming technique works great if you have access to cheap fuel,fertiliser and water,otherwise it is going to fail.

Ohhh,and genetically modified products.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Rural and Small Town Living
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:12 PM.

© 2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top