Mainly Daren’s project, the oxen have been trained to walk together and obey commands. They can be utilized to pull plows and cultivators in the field; to pull a wagon and give kids a hayride; to pull logs away from where a tree fell; or drag a sled full of concrete blocks in competitions at fairs.
Daren has had three teams of oxen trained to work on the farm in the last eight years.
“It reminds people how things used to be done,” he says. “It takes a little more time than if we were to use a tractor, but people aren’t used to seeing it. They’ll stop in and ask questions or get the kids out of the car and take pictures. It’s an experience.”