Eyewitness: Farm by Ned Halley

By Ned Halley

Notice the tale of farming -- plowing, sowing, harvesting and rearing farm animals. this is an exhilarating and informative advisor to the earlier, current and way forward for farming. awesome colour images supply the reader a special "eyewitness" view of cattle, vegetation, machines, harvesting and each different point of farming. See every kind of cattle, either new breeds and outdated, a seed drill and a steam threshing laptop, a sheep being shorn, an early tractor, a reaper-binder in motion, a tremendous mix harvester, and horses at paintings. find out how a cornstack is equipped, how wheat is separated from chaff, how genetic engineering impacts livestock, while the 1st plows have been made, and what natural farmers do. detect what silage is, who grew potatoes first, the innovations of the Egyptians, why dibblers stroll backward, the place corn is saved, what various animals devour, what a dock lifter appears like, and masses, even more!

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46 (c) 2011 Dorling Kindersley. All Rights Reserved. Holes in top provided airflow to keep milk cool IN THE RIGHT MOLD To identify the produce of individual farm dairies, butter was traditionally stamped with a patterned mold. The wooden molds were often very finely carved with agricultural motifs such as the sheafs of wheat, and the dairy cow illustrated at left. These two molds date from the 1920s and 1930s. Today they are valued as collector’s items. There were no paddles inside; when the handle was turned, the revolving motion was enough to turn the cream into butter TERRA-COTTA CHEESE Cheese has been made from the milk of cows and buffaloes, goats and sheep for thousands of years.

Goat farming NO END TO THEIR APPETITE G oats eat just about anything. It’s the secret of their success. They can eat much shorter grass than sheep and will happily consume brambles and thistles. Some resemble sheep, but can always be told apart because the billies (males) have beards and at times give off a horrible odor. Goats were probably first tamed by farmers in the Middle East, perhaps 10,000 years ago. European breeds are kept mainly for their milk, used for making fine cheeses, yogurt – and chocolate.

LOOKS AREN’T EVERYTHING Vietnamese Potbellied pigs are not famous for their good looks, but this tiny, docile breed is popular with small farmers in many parts of the world. FAMILY BUTCHER Before large-scale pig farming, many country people kept a single pig at home and killed it themselves for food. WILD PAST Modern farm breeds were created by crossing European pigs with Southeast Asian ones. The hardy Tamworth (right) may have originated partly from a red jungle boar from India in about 1800.

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