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There has been an animal at the side of man since the birth of farming, an animal which has provided excellent food and other materials for us and proved itself adaptable to most habitats on earth, even the South Pole. This animal also pulled our ploughs and carts and carried packs and even people all over the globe for millennia, as important to the ancient Egyptians as to British medieval peasants and the Australian settlers. These animals are still commonplace today, yet few realise the pivotal role they played in building the modern world. They are cattle, known as oxen in their trained form, and this is their story. This book aims to reacquaint us with this lost part of our culture and reinvigorate the image of the ox for a modern audience. Collated here are accounts from those who worked with oxen, giving us insights into their capabilities and characters. There is also an investigation into historical attitudes to oxen and an exploration of why they have all but disappeared in the West.
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N. S. Rose lives on a working farm in the Vale of York (England) and has trained many bovines for a variety of roles.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publis, 2013. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111484107535