"I wanted to experience the things that could go wrong and learn how to deal with them," Butler recalled in a recent interview.
Throughout the two-day course, the
She even had a chance to work with the worst-behaved team, and like the rest of her experiences at the farm in
It's been decades since oxen grazed
While the details are still in flux and the entire project is somewhat up in the air, the Hoff Barn Committee has taken the first step toward bringing oxen to
The Hoff Barn Committee -- the group responsible for organizing the move of the
"This will make the farm museum come alive," Shirley said. "When you get live animals in here, it's much more alive than when you walk in and just see an exhibit."
In the next few months, the Hoff Barn Committee will be considering whether to purchase oxen, and Shirley said he's hopeful this project becomes a reality sooner rather than later.
The tentative plan is to house the oxen inside the
On the weekends, Shirley said the committee would like to see the oxen used for demonstrations of old farming methods.
Shirley estimated a pair of oxen would cost about
Tuition for the training program cost
For Butler, having live oxen at the farm museum is something that will grab people's attention and provide a different type of learning experience.
"It will really put into context what may have happened around the
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