Story: Farming in the economy

Ploughing on

Ploughing on

The ploughman and his team of horses were important in the hierarchy of farm and station life in the 19th century. Larger properties employed many ploughmen, often on a permanent basis. Here, eight teams of horses are in the process of ploughing a 160-hectare paddock in South Canterbury, which would previously have been uncultivated tussockland. It was likely to have been sown with turnips for stock feed.

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Reference: Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives, 1912, C-1

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Robert Peden, 'Farming in the economy - Responding to the marketplace, 1870s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 June 2024)

Story by Robert Peden, published 24 Nov 2008