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Countryside, Farming and Rural Interest Videos A selection of DVDs that covers the life of early settlers and their use of oxen, Ross Farm Nova Scotia, Traditional Farming, The Trappers Festival of Manitoba, Scotland's Highland Show, the work of Rare Breeds associations, and a video that shows a full year in the life of a cowboy.

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A Yoke of Oxen & The Early Settlers
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DVD: A Yoke of Oxen & The Early Settlers

A look at the life of pioneer settlers - Oxen played an important role for the pioneer settlers and in pioneer life. At Ross Farm Museum (Nova Scotia) one can see oxen at work and also the making of oxen equipment such as an oxen yoke, blacksmithing, etc.

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With the help of Ross Farm we have been able to capture the life and history of the early pioneer settlers and their work with oxen. This in depth 90 minute video has been well received in the Oxen community.
My objective, when I set out to produce this program, was to produce a documentary of the teamsters, hear their stories, look back into the history of the oxen, and create a story that was worthy of this disappearing part of the pioneer life. From the feedback received from customers, I believe I managed to achieve these goals. We captured and preserved an important part of our rural history and the pioneer life for many to see and other generations to appreciate.
In addition to my time filming at Ross Farm, I spent a few days filming at the Bridgewater Agricultural Exhibition, home of the annual International Ox Pull where some 80 teams come to compete.
The stories are told by the characters who work these fine animals.

This is what H B of Dawsonville, Georgia said,
“This video took me back through the history of these wonderful animals, and showed how they worked with the pioneers, and even today, are still used on farms and in woods in some areas. The music, the interviews, the pictures were all put together very professionally. Just a very interesting video.”

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Changing Ways of Farming
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DVD: Changing Ways of Farming

This 2 hour video covers the earliest work of antique farm tractors and the steam engines that powered the equipment that followed the years of horsepower.

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These antique tractors and traction engines are looked at in depth. The formidable steam engine, antique tractors and traction engines, the stationary steam engine, the first gasoline tractors plus the inside story on much of the equipment that these engines ran are all explained.
Descriptive interviews with many characters offers us a true opportunity to understand the working and histories of this antique farm equipment and the different ways that much of this machinery was used.
Over a year has gone into the filming of this 2 hour program about antique farm tractors and equipment from both sides of the Atlantic.

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Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival -The 50th Anniversary
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DVD: Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival -The 50th Anniversary

The Trappers festival video filmed in The Pas, brings together trapping stories from a time gone bye plus International sled dog racing and a lot more.

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The Trapper’s Festival is a celebration of the life and work of the men and women who first came to the isolation of the North. An old trapper tells trapping stories of his life.
The events at the Trapper’s Festival come from the history of the trapping stories and the work of the trapper. From the Sled Dog Racing to the Tea Boiling, Wood Splitting, Hatchet Throwing and many more events, the King and Queen Trapper emerge victorious.


Reaching Back to the Past - The Work of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST)
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DVD: Reaching Back to the Past - The Work of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST)

The Rare Breeds Survival Trust’s Annual Show and Sale is the main event for the RBST and is a showcase for many quality domestic rare breeds.

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Held each September in Warwickshire, England this is an opportunity to see some of the finest genetic lines of domestic rare breeds available, including cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry.



With the help of Lawrence Alderson and his staff, this video explores the work of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, their success in rebuilding some of the rare breeds from the brink of extinction, their work with the Rare Breeds Meat Marketing Scheme and their involvement in many other areas.



We also visit the Temple Newsam Estate the world’s largest rare breeds farm. We look at one of the few remaining Red Poll dairy herds and then travel to David Lishman’s traditional butcher’s shop, in Ilkley, Yorkshire.

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Scotland’s Royal Highland Show
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DVD: Scotland’s Royal Highland Show

The Royal Highland Show is a truly legendary Scottish show that encompasses the many sides of Scotland’s rural and Highland history.

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From the sheep shearing and horse shoeing and blacksmithing competitions, to the arts of dry stone walling and sheepdog trialing there is so much to see at the Royal Highland Show; the cattle, sheep and horse events and much more.
This 90 minute video offers the greatest opportunity of being there without actually being there.

“The video Scotland’s Royal Highland Show was the most enjoyable I have ever seen. It was like being there but sitting in the comfort of your own front room and not having to fight the crowds and traffic.” C.S. from Kerrsville, TX


Summer on Ross Farm, the work of the Pioneer Settlers
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DVD: Summer on Ross Farm, the work of the Pioneer Settlers

A trip to Ross Farm tells the story of the work of the pioneer settlers throughout the summer months.

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Growing their gardens, seeding and harvesting their crops, tending their animals and building their homesteads.

The pioneer settlers of the mid 1800′s led a full but hard life. Follow this video account of pioneer life and see the relationship between the pioneer settlers their animals and the environment around them.

Join them as this 55 minute video program tells their story.


The Canadian Rancher
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DVD: The Canadian Rancher

Cattle ranching is part of the cowboy’s way of life in Western Canada. Join Mark as he tells the story of his cattle ranching year and his life as a rancher.

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The program begins in January, feeding his 450 head cowherd, using a team of horses when temperatures are below minus 20 degrees.

Then follow the seasons with Mark through calving time, brandings, round ups, bull sales, calf sales, breaking a team of chore horses and much more. A unique chance to learn about the life and history of a true cattle ranching family, cowboys cattle ranching and this part of the West.

It took 3 years and 6000 miles of travelling to complete this video, resulting in nearly 30 hours of raw footage. Since it became available it has been viewed all around the world, used as a backdrop to a large national championship steer show, and enjoyed by thousands.

The Canadian Rancher is a documentary of an almost lost way of life. But, in its own way, it is also an educational program describing, to the viewer, a way of life which would be otherwise unknown to the vast majority of people.

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Working Horses of the 90's
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DVD: Working Horses of the 90's

The draft horse, heavy horses logging, ranch horses, Welsh Cobs pulling canal boats all feature in this 2 hour video. The video also looks at blacksmithing and the work of a traditional wheelwright and features footage from Scotland’s Royal Highland Show.

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The aim of this program was to show how a working horse still earns a living in rural life both in the UK and also in North America. There are many draft horse teams displayed at agricultural shows today that will never actually be used for practical work. My interest was to show the other side of the working horse, the ones who actually worked for their bread and butter.
During travels across Canada, into the USA and then through England, Wales and Scotland I found many diverse and interesting ways where working horses were still being used. The Welsh Cobs used on the canal boats in Wales, Clydesdales and Ardennes working the huge forests on the borders of Scotland and England, horses choring the large ranches of Western Canada, just to mention a few.
This video also highlights some of the characters and crafts that accompany the horse such as Farriers and Wheelwrights.

Looking back to when I was producing this video, I can honestly say I wouldn’t change any part of the original production. As it stands, I feel it is a grand documentary of the Working Horse.

The Draft Horse Journal magazine said, “two full hours and very professionally produced. The photography, commentary and interviews are all excellent”.

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