OXEN AND THE OX YOKE
The domestication of cattle was an important step in the process of civilization. It occurred around 6,000 years ago at about the same time that the wheel was invented. Since then, cattle have provided food in the form of meat and milk, leather for clothing and tools, and service as draft animals. Today, in the United States, the animal we call an “ox,” is usually a steer used as a draft animal in farming and the timber industry.