U.S. Farmers Turning To Mule Power To Fight Rising Oil Prices
…. with gas approaching $4 a gallon, T.R. and Danny Raymond, two farmers on a 40-acre farm in McMinnville, Tennessee, have now switched over by modifying their equipment to shift the weight equally between two mules. Though training the animals to pull the equipment is initially time-consuming, the substitution has meant that the Raymonds save $60 a day on fuel.
“They just eat hay and a little sweet feed, a little shell corn,” T.R. Raymond says of his mules. “You gotta rub around on them and talk to them, stay acquainted with them, where they know you.”
Of course, the Raymonds are not the only ones now falling back on good, old resourcefulness. “There’s a lot of mule power around here,” says T.R. Raymond. “When you get to where you can’t afford the gas, you hook the mules up.”