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Oxen ploughing at Trawscoed, 1910 ?

Ploughing prepared the ground by breaking it up and killing the weeds. The earliest ploughs just broke up the surface and the loose turf was burnt to kill off the weeds and returned to the field as fertiliser. Later ploughs turned the turf over which buried the weeds.

Some farmers did not own ploughs, but could borrow one from a neighbour. In some areas this could only be done on Good Friday before church time (11 a.m.)

Ploughing, about 1910

Jenkins, David, (1971), The Agricultural Community in South-West Wales, p. 69

ploughing about 1930?



ploughing, Maseymelion, about 1900





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