Logging with Draft Animals
Registration is now open but we are still waiting for a reliable forecast in order to set the date for the class. The class will take place on a Friday – Saturday in the month of February.
Draft animal logging has been shown to be an effective method to remove logs from wood lots in an efficient, and ecologically sound manner. Draft animals can be used in small commercial timberlands as well as in privately owned small woodlots. For more information on reasons behind this, check our this article from Mother Earth News. Sustainable Logging with Draft Animals by Gail Damerow.
Oxen and draft horses demonstrate ecologically sensitive methods for skidding logs from the woods with tongs, sleds, and arches. You will get to practice skidding exercises with coaches scaled to your driving skills. See demonstrations of tree felling techniques and safety. Learn ways to load logs on a sled or wagon, watch portable sawmill operations, learn sales strategies, observe and discuss lumber seasoning and home kilns. Snows help demonstrate ideal logging conditions. Learn about micro-forestry from tree to specialty lumber as well as tree harvesting for firewood.
Tillers has a scholarship available for people interested in learning more about draft animal farming which will pay for 60% of the tuition for draft animal farming classes. For more information, download the application here.