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May 22, 2008

Wow. Fuel prices are getting so high that farmers are devolving to pre-industrialized methods.

High Gas Prices Drive Farmer to Switch to Mules

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.”

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 22, 2008 6:45 pm

    The best is the comment – “It’s the way of the future”. I am going to go sharpen my broadsword……

  2. May 22, 2008 10:30 pm

    Uh yeah. Had my first $50 tank of gas for the Cooper S the other day, not fun.

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