The following is an excerpt from the first letter that arrived from  Srila Prabhupada right after I moved to New Vrindaban. I did take it to heart and trained a team of oxen, Bala and Deva, though due to circumstances working directly with oxen didn’t end up being my life work. I still accept this as a something I am pushing for in NV’s long term vision.

FYI, when SP refers to bulls in this context, it is oxen he is talking about.

7 January, 1974 Los Angeles

Dear Kirtanananda Maharaja,

Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated December 30, 1973.

I was very pleased to hear your report of our cow protection program, and I had part of your letter read aloud to a group of devotees how you have one cow who will be giving 70-80 pounds a day. The cow is so wonderful and valuable in society. But you should also use the bulls by engaging them in tilling the ground. People may call this the primitive way but it is very practical for engaging the bulls – have them work in cart loading, transporting, etc…

Hope this meets you in good health.

Your ever well-wisher,
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami