The Treasures of the Puszta – “The Benefits of Livestock” exhibition
In the complex system of agricultural production, animal husbandry and crop production are closely linked in a variety of ways. The ultimate goal of both activities is to “reap the benefits,” i.e. they are different ways of producing the goods necessary to satisfy human needs. The livestock owned by the residents of Debrecen and nearby country towns were grazing on the vast pastures of Hortobágy. The primary benefit of livestock farming in the puszta was the offspring. The mere increase in the number of animals meant an increase in their owners’ wealth. The animals kept in pastures near the towns also provided milk, and served the farms with their muscle power, by pulling carts. In traditional farming, not only the milk, meat, and skin, but almost every tiny part of animals was used for something. Practically nothing was wasted, there was nothing to throw out.
The exhibition presents a variety of raw materials and products from the grazing animals in the framework of the lifestyles in the puszta, country towns and villages. In addition to presenting handicraft technologies, the art and craft of making unique articles, the exhibition also shows, as a contrast, contemporary mass production, and draws attention to the very topical questions of sustainable development, which affects all of us.
By car, at the roundabout on Route 33, near the 72 km post.
Address: 4071 Hortobágy, Petőfi tér 9
The exhibition will open in 2022.