Back in January 2012, we talked about Greenmarket farmers, Mike Betit and Amanda Andrews of Tamarack Hollow Farm in Vermont, and Lucky, their time share Holstein ox. Read the original story here.
Lucky was added to the farm's workforce to plow and haul. So, with few economies of scale on Mike and Amanda's 88 acre organic farm, Lucky was a versatile, cost-effective contributor to the bottom line of their operation. In fact, Lucky was so useful, he has been replaced in permanent residence by two Dutch Belted Oxen, Thunder and Lightning. Dutch Belted are beautiful black cattle with a white 'belt' around their middles noted, like all dairy breed oxen, for their strength and for their ability to thrive on good quality forage. They are medium in size, weighing about 1,700 pounds. The oxen, pictured with Amanda in the field, arrived this month and, by all reports, Mike, Amanda, Thunder, and Lightning are all doing well. In fact, Thunder and Lightning already come when called and follow Mike around the fields.