Farmer Rob had Jim and John the oxen out with a cart to help collect sap. One part of the farm was so muddy that conversation turned to what it must have been like for World War 1 draft animals to pull their loads through the muddy, war-torn roads of Europe.
I’ve been hanging around Howell Farm for many years now, but every once in a while I hear someone say something I’ve never heard before. Today I heard Farmer Rob explain to visiting school children that oxen are actually very fast. If they needed to, they could run a two-minute mile, about twice as fast as the fastest humans in history.