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Back To The Future

by @ 6:35 am on May 23, 2008. Filed under Economics, Gas Prices, In The News, Oil Prices

With gas prices getting higher, the 19th Century is making a comeback:

MCMINNVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – High gas prices have driven a Warren County farmer and his sons to hitch a tractor rake to a pair of mules to gather hay from their fields. T.R. Raymond bought Dolly and Molly at the Dixon mule sale last year. Son Danny Raymond trained them and also modified the tractor rake so the mules could pull it.

T.R. Raymond says the mules are slower than a petroleum-powered tractor, but there are benefits.

“This fuel’s so high, you can’t afford it,” he said. “We can feed these mules cheaper than we can buy fuel. That’s the truth.”

And Danny Raymond says he just likes using the mules around the farm.

“We’ve been using them quite a bit,” he said.

Brother Robert Raymond added, “It’s the way of the future.”

Next up, butter churns and iceboxes.

H/T: Brad @ The Liberty Papers

One Response to “Back To The Future”

  1. tfr says:

    You laugh, but we are thinking about it out here in the world. At some point, it’s just not practical to pay for heating oil, for instance, when you own 5 acres of trees.

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