Story: Dairying and dairy products

Walk-through cow shed

Walk-through cow shed

Walk through sheds allowed cows to leave the bail through a door at the front once they had been milked, which reduced the time it took to milk a herd. The introduction of milking machines further speeded the process. Each cow has a chain hooked behind it, to stop it from backing out of the bail, and a leg rope to prevent it kicking the milking cups off. The men are milking by hand to strip out the last of the milk once machine milking was complete. This was later seen as unnecessary.

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Hugh Stringleman and Frank Scrimgeour, 'Dairying and dairy products - Dairy sheds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2024)

Story by Hugh Stringleman and Frank Scrimgeour, published 24 Nov 2008