Story: Farming in the economy

Stock feed table

Stock feed table

In the 1890s the Liberal government began to break up the great farm estates in the South Island, and put settlers on farms in the North Island. Many of these new farmers had little or no experience of farming. The Department of Agriculture was set up, in part, to educate these new settlers in scientific farming. This table, showing the moisture content and feed value of a wide range of stock feeds, was one of their educational tools.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Steffano Webb Collection (PAColl-3061)
Reference: 1/1-005343; G
Photograph by Steffano Francis Webb

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Robert Peden, 'Farming in the economy - The closing of the farming frontier, 1900s to 1920', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 July 2024)

Story by Robert Peden, published 24 Nov 2008