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:
UPDATED July 27, 2019: I added a link to the Old World Wisconsin’s website, a photo of my set of toy oxen, and my current signature block.
Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watchher videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.