Ready for a Laura related laugh?
This great video from Old World Wisconsin shows the same “miniature” oxen (at least a later model of the same ones) that I use in my storytelling program. They are incredibly cute as this video shows and will make you feel like Almanzo breaking Star and Bright (don’t forget your training carrots, that must be why they didn’t do what they wanted sometimes in the video).
That said, The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy is serious business and has rescued several breeds from the edge of extinction and works with groups like Old World Wisconsin to help keep a large enough breeding stock of these rare breeds. Visit their website to learn more: