Gus and Jake are Brown Swiss oxen. They are 6ft tall and about 2600lbs.
They standing in their yoke.
My name is Kathy Salanitro. I have been involved with animals since I was ten years old. When I was young, I rode horses and worked at a farm that raised sheep and pigs. Those experiences led me to take courses in the care of thoroughbred horses. As an adult, I combined an active lifestyle of being an EMT, working on ski patrol at our local ski resort, and Ambulance service. Volunteering for the American Red Cross, Treasurer for the Lakes Region EMS and at our parish as a teacher, while continuing to ride horses.
Our son introduced us to working with steer through his work at a local dairy farm. We purchased two bull calves and trained them as working steer. I developed my knowledge of cattle through working with our animals (we added six more oxen to our barn over the years) and by taking classes on various aspects of animal nutrition, pasture management, and intensive grazing programs. I worked with our local 4-H Club and ran school programs based on cattle as well. I had shown at 20 fairs each year, before starting Ox-K Farm Discovery Center Inc. I had even established a working steer event at the Belknap County 4-H Fair and Sandwich Fair in NH, which is still active today. See more pictures of the oxen and their travels.e.
Kathy stands for a portrait with Max, of of her four oxen, at her home August 2011 when she was recently crowned Ms. New Hampshire Senior 2011. Her talent in the pageant was oxen driving.