When farmers Danielle and Matt Boerson realised they could no longer afford to run their tractors, they took the bull by the horns – and ditched them for oxen.
Soaring petrol prices had become so high that the couple, who run an 80-acre farm near Madison, Wisconsin, were forced to get rid of their two tractors, hay baler, plough and rotavator.
Want to try?A pair of plough-ready oxen cost $3,000 (£1,800) – roughly the same as a second hand tractor.
But younger cattle are a snip at $150 each. They only eat grass and can work for up to 14 years.
At the same time, JICase has put on a second shift in Racine to produce the tractors which were ordered.