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OX POWER

Oxen ploughing at Trawscoed, 1910 ?

exhibition number: Agriculture 20

Oxen were slow but capable of working well on hills. They required poor quality food but required little harness. They could be eaten when their working life was over. They were kept informed of family events and were sung to by their keepers. The last ox team in Wales was thought to be working in Glamorgan in 1889.

oxen pulling a cart at Trawscoed

Moore-Colyer, R.J., (1983), 'Crop husbandry in Wales before the onset of mechanisation', Folk Life, 21, 60

The number of draught oxen on the Gogerddan demesne farm declined from 12 in 1819 to none in 1823

Colyer, R.J., (1973), The Gogerddan Demesne Farm, 1818-1922, Ceredigion, vii, 175.

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