LOUDON, N.H. — The DAPNet Field Days are nearly here, taking place October 2 and 3 at Sanborn Mills Farm. After a hiatus in 2020, the Draft Animal-Power Network is pleased to be shining up the harnesses and sharpening their tools! To help visitors plan their time at the event, here is an overview of the activities that will take place throughout the weekend.The Opening Ceremony kicks off the event at 8 A.M. on Saturday, followed by the first of three draft-animal demonstrations. The Forestry & Logging demo will take attendees into the woods to see animal-powered loggers at work. Experienced teamsters will demonstrate the equipment and techniques used in animal-powered logging as well as lead a group conversation about the business of draft-animal logging.
After lunch, the Cultivation demonstration will cover the basics on plows and methods of plowing, including bare ground breaking, discing, using a spike-tooth harrow, planting wheat with different implements, and more.
After Cultivation, the focus shifts to Mowing and Harvesting. Similar to the cultivation demo, different types of mowers will be presented and demonstrated, including ways to troubleshoot these mowers when problems may occur during use. Harvesting demonstrations will follow. A grain binder and thresher will show a simulation of processing small grains like wheat, rye, and oats.
The evening will conclude with dinner, an auction and a campfire. The can’t-miss item of the night is a raffle for a homemade, animal-power-themed quilt made by longtime member Jean Cross.
Sunday’s events begin with breakfast followed by the DAPNet Annual Meeting, during which the group will look to the future of the DAPNet organization and animal power. There will be time for networking and a visit to the marketplace before the final demonstrations at the sawmill and gristmill on Sanborn Farm’s property where the tree logged from the previous day’s forestry and logging demo will be sawn at the mill.
All guests at Sanborn Mills Farm will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test dated no more than two days before arriving at the Farm. Any guest who is not vaccinated must wear a mask when inside any building or outside when social distancing is not possible.
Throughout the weekend, there will be many opportunities to network, meet, and connect with fellow animal-power enthusiasts. Time is running out! Register for the 2021 DAPNet Field Days now by visiting the DAPNet website at https://www.draftanimalpower.
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