Story: Farm buildings

Old milking shed

Old milking shed

Milking was a family job in the 19th and early 20th century, and conditions were primitive. A cow waits to enter the milking shed on this North Island bush dairy farm in the 1890s. The cows are being hand-milked in bails (stalls). Afterwards, each cow backs out of the bail into the small yard in front of the shed before being let out to graze.

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Robert Peden, 'Farm buildings - Milking sheds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 April 2024)

Story by Robert Peden, published 24 Nov 2008