Milling with Suffolk Punch Horses at Orchard Hill Farm
Loading the horse power for the treadmill.
Published on Mar 12, 2014 Over the winter Ken Laing, Rare Breeds Canada member modified a sea container by adding a power shaft that can be run by an Athens horse powered treadmill. Now he can use that shaft and a simple clutch to send the power provided by horses (via their treadmill) to run a grain mill and make flour.
This video gives a quick look at how the whole process works.
In the photos Martha Laing shows the finished product of sour dough bread.
Martha sharing what she has learned about making this Sourdough Bread.
Ken Laing describing how the flour mill works. The rod that Ken's hand is near powers the pulley system for the mill and the table that moves to screen the bran from the flour. The two horses on the treadmill are on the other side of the wall behind Ken.
Half way through the baking time the lid is removed from the cast iron dutch oven.
Ken grows the Hard Red Winter Wheat on their Orchard Hill Farm near Sparta, ON. The lower photo shows the screen that removes the course bran from the flour. The screen is mechanically moved back and forth to create the motion that moves the flour through the mesh. It is very clever the way the whole system runs off the power of the two horses on the treadmill.
'Seedy Saturday' Rare Breeds Canada Display. We met some folks who are very interested in raising heritage farm livestock on the outskirts of the City, close to the urban population of Montreal. Highland cattle & various breeds of sheep & goats were discussed....and of course poultry.
One of the Seedy Saturday Organizers, Mike Warren of 'CowPots'
McGill University Crest
CANADIAN DAIRY XPO
STRATFORD, ONTARIO FEBRUARY 5-62014
Julie Duchesne from Rimouski, QC. visits with RBC's Canadienne cow on Day 2 at Cdn. Dairy Xpo.
1608 Canadienne cheese
Day 2 of milking and even at the Canadian Dairy Xpo there is no sign of a milking stool
Scott Gordon from the Guernsey Assoc proudly standing beside a poster provided by RBC member Alan Spence. Scott says hi to RBC member Doug Law.
Brian O'Connor from East Gen visits the display
Rare Breeds Canada Display — at Canadian dairy xpo.
John Riordon milks 70 head of registered purebred Ayrshires on the Miramachi in New Brunswick..... and was very impressed with RBC's Canadienne. John said the Cdn. Dairy Xpo was a fantastic event for a Dairy Farmer; he was with a group of over 30 to take a serious look at the Robotic milking machines
Amanda Brodhagen assistant editor of Farms.com (website)
Our friends from Eastern Chapter RBC were out busy at The Russell and District Horticultural Society 2014 Living Locally Fair on the 18th Jan.