Story: Agricultural processing industries

Delivering cream to the factory

Delivering cream to the factory

In the late 19th and early 20th century most farmers took their milk and cream to the dairy factory by horse and cart. While factories making cheese wanted whole milk, those making butter only wanted the cream. From about 1900 the introduction of home separators meant farmers could separate their milk into cream and skim milk, and transport only the cream to the butter factory. This is the Sandymount dairy factory in Otago, in 1903.

Using this item

Toitū Otago Settlers Museum
Reference: 2003/74/2

Permission of Toitū Otago Settlers Museum must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Jane Tolerton, 'Agricultural processing industries - Dairy processing in the 19th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 May 2022)

Story by Jane Tolerton, published 11 Mar 2010