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CENTRAL CANTERBURY NEWS, NOVEMBER 21, 2012
LIFESTYLE & RURAL REPORT
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• Post holes 200, 300, 400 &
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• Trencher 150mm cut up to
• Blade has endless uses.
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Behemoths make work efficient
Show time: A modern combine harvester attracts interest from envious farmers.
One feature of the Canterbury A&P Show and
other A&P shows in the region are farm
machinery displays. They are great favourites of
children who clamber all over these behemoths,
unaware of their function and oblivious to their
Shows like this still work to introduce farmers
to new equipment and they do serve as a
reminder of how far we have come with farm
Farmers have long used many kinds of
machines to help grow and harvest produce from
plants and animals, because they make the work
easier or more efficient.
During the 19th century, agricultural
machinery powered by animals or steam was
widely used. Arrivals to New Zealand brought
farming machines with them, or imported
machines once they had arrived.
In the early period of European settlement
scarcity of labour encouraged the use of
machines to help farmers in their work. Many
settlers were able to acquire and farm their own
land, instead of being employees. The availability
of workers fluctuated in later years, but it
remained an issue. Town employment was often
more attractive and, from the 1890s, legislation
to protect workers increased labour costs.
The trend towards smaller families from the
late 19th century meant there was less unpaid
farm labour available. From 1877 all children had
to attend school, even during busy periods on
the farm. Also, it was a mark of status if the
farmer's wife didn't have to work on the farm.
As the prices of petrol, electricity and the
equipment itself decreased after the second war,
farm machinery became more common.
Electric and motor machines were more
efficient than human or animal-powered
machines, and allowed mass production and
economies of scale.
Because New Zealand weather can change
rapidly, speed is an important consideration in
farm work. Horses pulling ploughs could not
work continuously to take advantage of breaks in
the weather, but tractors and motorised
harvesting machinery could.
Manufacturers' advertisements encouraged
farmers to buy the latest machine, implying that
if they didn't they would be behind the times.
Modern farm machinery is technologically
advanced, computerised and sometimes
financially prohibitive -- so much so that the
purchaser is often the contractor rather than the
farmer. Contractors have skilled operators,
knowledge and resources so that tasks can be
completed quickly and efficiently, and machines
can be diagnosed and even ''repaired'' from a
distance using modern communications
technology while still in the paddock.
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