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FC: Farm Animals of the 1930 | By Jacob Lage and Taryn Riediger | J
1: What Animals Where Used For Food? | Cows provided milk and meat. Chickens provided eggs and meat. Farmers raised hogs and cattle to sell for money and butchered a few animals to feed their families. Many small family farms were nearly self-sufficient. Sheep, ducks, geese, and turkeys were also raised. | J
2: What Animals Were Used For Work? | Percheron and Belgian draft horses were the most common horses used to pull farm equipment. Mules were used like draft horses in the 1930s. A mule is the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse. Mules were stronger but more stubborn. | J
3: What Were They Used the Most For? | By 1900, most farmers used draft horses or mules for labor. They plowed the fields for corn and oats, planted the crops, cultivated the fields, brought in the hay, pulled wagons of field corn, and hauled manure. Farms would not have been as successful without the aid of the horses an mules. | T
4: T | What cattle seemed to disappear during the 1930's? | By the 1950s, the market for dual-purpose cattle had disappeared, and the Devon breed was nearly extinct. In the early 1800's, European and other breeds were introduced to the new world, and by the 1900's many ranchers in the Americas were upgrading their herds with modern beef cattle.
5: J | How Did The Farming Practices of the 1930s Impact Todays Livestock Operations? | The tractor was invented in 1892 and later when it became popular, farmers could farm more ground then with other animals, so they could make more money and buy food and not have to raise herds of animals. Later livestock producers would raise large amounts of single breeds of animals, such as confinement building of pigs.