What is a draft animal?

Science for Youth June 26, 2012 Print Friendly and PDF
Mule-driven cart being used to dust cotton crops for boll weevil in Scott, MS (1919).
Image courtesy of USDA

A draft animal is one that is used to aid in work or labor. An ox is one type of draft animal that has been used for centuries for it's ability to pull heavy carts.  Draft animals are typically livestock such as oxen, mules, and horses.  

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.