Thanks to generous donations from a fall crowdsourcing campaign, FTP Farms has just brought on-board two lovely and sweet Pineywoods steers! Our plan is to train them as working cattle: oxen. While it is a slow process, by 2022, Moses and Aaron should be full-fledged workers on the farm! We will continue to stay away from deep plowing, opting to use grazing and chicken flocks to turn over cover crops, but the team will be able to aid us greatly in weed cultivation, pulling carts and animal shelters, logging, and planting!
Moses & Aaron
Moses (left) Aaron (right)
These boys are from the Barnes line of Pineywoods cattle. Barnes is one of only a few lines left from eastern herds and the only line with a dual registry as Florida Cracker cattle.
With love, attention, affection, and training, these boys will team up to bring the farm above and beyond!
A Southern Tradition
Pineywoods cattle are now endangered, but for 400 years until the mid-20th century they roamed many of the woodlands in the South, especially the Geechie (Georgia/Carolina) Coast and Gulf Coast regions and were famed for their beef, dairy, and work abilities. To learn more about these amazing animals and help their revival, visit the Pineywoods Cattle Breed Association