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article imageFuel Prices Too High, Farmer Hitches Mules to Plow

By Bob Ewing     May 24, 2008 in Business
Tennessee farmer and son find fuel for his tractor too expensive so they decide to hitch a pair of mules to a modified tractor rake.
Desperate times call for innovative measures and a journey into the past.
The ever rising price of gas have driven a Tennessee farmer and his sons to hitch a tractor rake to a pair of mules so that they can gather hay from their fields.
T.R. Raymond purchased the mules, Dolly and Molly, at the Dixon mule sale last year. Son Danny Raymond trained them and also modified the tractor rake so the mules could pull it.
The mules may be slower than a petroleum-powered tractor, but there are benefits.
"This fuel's so high, you can't afford it," he said. "We can feed these mules cheaper than we can buy fuel. That's the truth."
Danny Raymond likes using the mules around the farm.
"We've been using them quite a bit," he said.
Brother Robert Raymond added, "It's the way of the future."
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