Story: Farming in the economy

Cowshed (2nd of 2)


There is only one cow still waiting to enter the milking shed on this dairy farm at Kahouri Bridge, in Taranaki, in the 1890s. Behind the shed are dead trees, which remain standing after the initial clearing of the bush. Hand milking, twice a day and in all weather, was a tedious job, but returns from the milk provided a steady income for undercapitalised small farmers.

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Robert Peden, 'Farming in the economy - Refrigeration and the growth of the dairy industry', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 April 2024)

Story by Robert Peden, published 24 Nov 2008