Story: Farm mechanisation

Dairy cow numbers, 1895–2005

Dairy cow numbers, 1895–2005

Benefits of mechanisation have included increases in production and productivity. The growth in dairy cow numbers between 1895 and 1935 was made possible by milking machines, refrigeration and better transport. The rapid increase from 1975 was the result of the spread of dairying in Southland, Canterbury and Hawke’s Bay, and higher stock rates on farms because of irrigation and fertiliser.

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Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Source: New Zealand official yearbook, 1896–2006

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James Watson, 'Farm mechanisation - Consequences of farm mechanisation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/graph/18410/dairy-cow-numbers-1895-2005 (accessed 30 November 2021)

Story by James Watson, published 24 Nov 2008