Good morning Marta,
Data from the Near East: Cattle was put work at the age of three to four
A yoke of oxen could plough 0.1- 0.4 10 ha/day and 10 ha Annually. For
discussion and references see Sasson 2010 (Animal Husbandry in Ancient
From: Analysis of animal remains from archaeological sites
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Marta Moreno Garc?a
Sent: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 12:10 AM
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Subject: [ZOOARCH] cattle and ploughing
A friend of mine wrote to me yesterday to query about cattle used in
ploughing. Since I did not have a straight answer I am asking for your
help. Here are the three questions:
1) Are there any estimations on the working life of cattle used in such
2) Which is the age they usually start working?
3) How many hectares can a couple of animals plough on a single day?
I would appreciate very much if you could send me any references dealing
with this topic.
-- the three questions
Dra. Marta Moreno-García
Instituto de Historia
Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales (CCHS). CSIC
Albasanz 26-28. 28037 Madrid. Spain
Tel: +34 91 6022384
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