Work on animal power harness technology in Kenya.
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Possibilities for harnessing draught animals, developed by the Department of Agricultural Engineering, University of Nairobi, Kenya, are described, including an alternative yoke for oxen and a collar harness adapted to the local oxen and donkeys. Because collars can only take horizontal forces lengthwise, a saddle for donkeys was developed to take the vertical forces a cart imposes on them; it comes with a breeching strap which enables the donkey to brake the cart when it is going too fast. Other work has been carried out on developing panniers for donkeys, including a canvas slurry pannier for transporting slurry from zero-grazing units to the fields where fodder is grown, and a steel frame saddle with hooks for attaching metal baskets or bundles of fodder grass