Story: Farm mechanisation

Milking before mechanisation

Milking before mechanisation

Before the introduction of milking machines, the whole family had to help with milking cows every morning and night. Women and children work alongside men in this primitive milking shed at Kahouri Bridge, Taranaki, in the 1890s. Mechanisation reduced the burden of labour for farming families.

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James Watson, 'Farm mechanisation - Consequences of farm mechanisation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 November 2021)

Story by James Watson, published 24 Nov 2008