Here you can find activity reports of SmP, notices about this webpage and our agenda.
Transition Days 2018 (Luxembourg-City)
On invitation of the non-profit network Centre for Ecological Learning Luxembourg CELL, SmP participated from 9 to 10 March 2018 on the “Workshops & good practices” of the Transition Days 2018 about “Our food – our future” in Luxembourg-City.
Pictures courtesy of Peace Advocate Photography
Organic farming in Bienenwerder (Müncheberg / Germany)
The third test day about equipment for potato harvesting and crop care took place on 31 October 2017.
Elmia Hästdagen (Jönköping / Sweden)
On invitation of the breeding association Föreningen Nordsvenska Hästen, SmP participated on 5 August 2017 with an information stand at the Elmia Hästdagen 2017 in Jönköping.
Sveriges Lantbruksmuseum (Julita Gård / Sweden)
On invitation of the Nordic Museum in Stockholm, SmP participated on 2 August 2017 on a knowledge exchange about the swedish harness and implements for draught horses from end of the 18th to begin of the 20th century at the Swedish Agricultural Museum Julita Gård.
Ubsola Trädgård (Götene / Sweden)
On invitation of the association Sveriges Hästkörare, SmP participated on 29. July 2017, with a demonstration of the Equi Idea Multi-V tool carrier, on an information day at the market garden Ubsola Trädgård in Götene.
AgriKultur Festival (Freiburg / Germany)
On invitation of the non-profit research organization for sustainable agriculture and regional economic Die Agronauten,SmPparticipatedon22 July 2017 with the following lecture and a panel discussion at the AgriKulturFestival in Freiburg/Breisgau.
Draft horses back to the fields – utopia or future perspective ?
Within the core theme „Technology for smallholders“,also the EQUI IDEA Multi-V tool carrier was displayed.
Organic farming in Bienenwerder (Müncheberg / Germany)
The second test day about hoeing and hilling equipment took place on 9 July 2017.
Horticulture in the mountains (Nomesino (TN) / Italy)
In cooperation with the working groups „Val di Gresta“ and „Noi e il cavallo“, SmP organized on 8 April 2017 a colloquium, with field tests, about the advantages of animal traction concerning the preservation of the biological soil fertility in horticulture as well as about equine psychology.
Organic farming in Bienenwerder (Müncheberg / Germany)
From February to December 2017 SmP will accompany the research project “Horse work renewed” about the use of modern horse drawn implements, as a part of a master thesis at the OLiB e.V.
Beside of draft force and load measurements on different workhorse breeds, also modern implements from Equi Idea for tillage and cultivation of vegetable crops will be adapted to the local operating conditions. Furthermore, the practical suitability of the SmP prototype Stree-Won 1.1 for spreading compost as well as of the disc harrow combination SmP Kombi-Roll 1.2 will be examined.
The Heidehof Foundation will finance the project and the results will be presented in a public event in January 2018.
After a preliminary discussion on-site on 10 April 2017, the first test day about primary tillage took place on 21 April 2017.
Organic Innovation Arena (Brussel / Belgium)
The prototype SmP Kombi-Séi 1.2, a single horse multi-purpose seeder, has been selected on 11 January 2017 for the Innovation Arena of TP Organics, a European Technology Platform (ETP), officially recognized by the European Commission, for sustainable farming and food production.
Research project (Sexdrega / Sweden)
On invitation of the Brunte committee, SmP has presented on 4 January 2017 the common research project about the draft power of workhorses.
Complementary to the discussions, a practical demonstration on the subject of draft power took place at the Ryasjö Hästgård.
Gaast’sperges (Sondel / Netherlands)
On 28 and 29 October 2016 took place a SmP meeting at Gaast’sperges in Friesland, where also the tool carrier Equi Idea Multi-V was tested in asparagus.
Brukshästdagen (Jäla / Sweden)
On invitation of Jäla Häst och Skog, SmP participated on 3 September 2016 with a demonstration of the Equi Idea Multi-V tool carrier at the Brukshästdagen 2016.
Sveriges Landbruksuniversitet (Uppsala / Sweden)
On invitation of the faculty for Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SmP participated on 1 September 2016 on a meeting about a common research project about the draft power of workhorses.
Armémuseum (Stockholm / Sweden)
On invitation of the Swedish Army Museum, SmP participated on 31 August 2016 on a knowledge exchange about the harness of the Swedish army.
Just Common Sense (Karlskrona / Sweden)
On inivtation of the agricultural machinery manufacturer Just Common Sense, SmP participated on 29 August 2016 on a second meeting about a horse drawn version of the CombCut. SmP will realize a first prototype for grassland maintenance in 2017.
IGZ AK-LW Practice days 2016 (Dahmsdorf / Germany)
On invitation of the working group „Agriculture“ of the IGZ, SmP participated from 27 to 28 August 2016 with draft and support force measuring on horse drawn implements as well as with a workshop about the design of a new tool carrier on the practice days “Horse drawn hoeing technique in market gardening”.
Lawn mower test (Malmö / Sweden)
In cooperation with the companies Thomsson Hovslageri & Körning, Hälde Hästkraft as well as Anneli & Anders Blomberg, SmP participated on 16 and 17 May 2016 on a test of horse drawn lawn mowers in the Bulltofta park of Malmö City.
The tests served to measure the draft forces of three different mowing machines in various working conditions as well as the efficiency of a team hitch of draft horses.
Kvarnen (Sonstorps Bruk / Sweden)
At invitation of the Österby Smedja company, SmP participated from 19 to 21 May 2016 at the international Kvarnen meeting, organized to improve the networking between draft horse associations and companies from Europe and USA.
Emmetorp (Hällestad / Sweden)
At invitation of the Emmetorp farm, SmP proved the capabilities of the prototype Kombi-Séi 1.2 by new seeding of a horse pasture.
IGZ Arbeitskreis Landwirtschaft (Licherode / Germany)
At invitation of the association IGZ, SmP participated from 20 to 22 November 2015 with a lecture on the subject „The development potential of horse drawn implements for market gardening” as well as with draft force measurings on a cultivator at the annual convention 2015 of the work group ARBEITSKREIS LANDWIRTSCHAFT.
Cavalli da tiro in orticoltura (Verona (VR) / Italy)
It is planed to continue this cooperation in the future by other colloquiums every two years.
Hellmans Utbildningar (Herrljunga / Sweden)
At invitation of the manufacturer HELLMANS UTBILDNINGAR, SmP participated on 14 August 2015 on a test of logging equipment with horse traction in Herrljunga. Tested were 7 different implements, using our new measuring equipment for left/right side forces on collars, under real swedish working conditions in forest.
The evaluation of the measured data with a detailed frequency analysis of the draft forces as well as the publication of a corresponding test report are expected to be finished till end of 2015.
It is planed to continue this collaboration in 2016, by a comparison test of cylinder lawn mowers from Sweden and USA, this in the parks of the City of Malmö.
Small Farmer’s Journal (Sisters (Oregon) / USA)
In the Summer issue 2015 of the SMALL FARMER’S JOURNAL, an award winning international agrarian quarterly founded 1976 in Oregon, has been published the test report SmP 2013-1 about the REPOSSI side delivery rake 68/5. It’s planned to continue this collaboration in the future by publishing one test report in each SFJ issue.
Beside a financial support, the SFJ editorial team assists SmP also in the copy editing of the test reports in English language.
Small Farmer’s Journal, not just read by 14.000 people in USA and Canada, but also in 72 additional countries, offers us the possibility to share our ideas, experiences and information with a readership of more than 40.000 people worldwide.
Hästkörarseminarium 27 (Perstorp / Sweden)
At invitation of the association SKOGSHÄSTEN SKÅNE, SmP participated from 25 to 26 April 2015 with a lecture and a practical demonstration on the subject „Draft force measurings on draft horse implements“ as well as with the prototype SmP Séi-Roll Concept 1.1 at the seminar HÄSTKÖRARSEMINARIUM 27.
Kuskutbildning i Brukshästkörning (Strömsholm / Sweden)
At invitation of the BRUNTE committee, SmP participated from 16 to 17 February 2015 with a lecture about „6 questions around modern draft horse use“ at the vocational education KUSKUTBILDNING I BRUKSHÄSTKÖRNING at the training center RIDSKOLAN STRÖMSHOLM AB.
Ryasjö Hästgård ( Sexdrega / Sweden)
On 6 August 2014 and 13 February 2015 SmP participated on a information and experience exchange at the RYASJÖ HÄSTGÅRD about harness, single and multiple hitches as well as equipment for forest use of draft horses.
Side delivery rakes for draft horse use (Casorate Primo (PV) / Italy)
Since 2011 SmP tests and adapts the side delivery rakes from the Italian manufacturer REPOSSI Macchine Agricole s.r.l. for draft horse use. By the test report SmP 2013-1 Repossi 68/5 the range of use of these rakes in combination with the single wheel forecart SmP Mono-Rad 1.0 has been documented.
By order of REPOSSI Macchine Agricole s.r.l., our cooperation partner EQUI IDEA manufactured in begin of 2015 adapter kits for the conversion of standard rakes to draft horse use. The first two machines with ready to use equipment were delivered in Summer 2015 to Canada.
The test report SmP 2015-2 about the HELLMANS logging tools has been published and can be ordered in English.
The test report SmP 2015-1about the EQUI IDEA Canadese, a single horse cultivator, has been published and can be ordered in English.
The test report SmP 2016-2 about the EQUI IDEA Multi-V, a single horse tool carrier, has been published and can be ordered in English.
The pictures and technical characteristics of the new prototype SmP Kombi-Roll 2.2, an extension of the single horse roller SmP Kombi-Roll 2.0 with two additional rolling elements, have been published under the heading KOMBI-ROLL CONCEPT 2.2.
The test report SmP 2016-1 about the prototype SmP Kombi-Séi 1.2, a single horse multi-purpose seeder, has been published and can be ordered in English.
The pictures and technical characteristics of the new SmP prototype Kombi-Roll Concept 2.0, a single horse roller, have been published under the heading KOMBI-ROLL CONCEPT 2.0.
The pictures (15 to 16) of our new LED draft force display have been published under the heading RESEARCH HARNESS.
The pictures (12 to 14) of our new measuring equipment for the working speeds and motion sequences on harrows and cultivators have been published under the heading RESEARCH EQUIPMENTS.
The test report SmP 2013-2 about the Mainardi 268, a single horse side delivery rake, has been published and can be ordered in four languages.
The test report SmP 2014-1 about the prototype SmP Séi-Roll 1.0, a single horse seeder-roller, has been published and can be ordered in four languages.
The pictures and technical characteristics of the new hitch variants 1.1 and 1.2 of the forecart SmP Mono-Rad have been published under the heading MONO-RAD CONCEPT 1.1 / 1.2.
The pictures and technical characteristics of the new SmP prototype Kombi-Séi Concept 1.0, a single horse multi-purpose seeder, have been published under the heading KOMBI-SÉI CONCEPT 1.0.
The pictures (10 to 14) of our new measuring equipment for evaluating the efficiency and the load of draft horses with different harness and hitch variants have been published under the heading RESEARCH HARNESS.
The pictures (4 to 7) of the first further development of the prototype SmP Kombi-Roll, a single horse cultivator for minimum tillage, have been published under the heading KOMBI-ROLL CONCEPT 1.1.
The webpage of SmP went online.