Books to boost cow­shed fund

Project is un­der way

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By JOAN STAN­LEY

The pro­ceeds for this year’s Mata­mata His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety Book Fair will help fi­nance the pro­posed cow­shed project at the Firth Tower Mu­seum.

This project has been con­sid­ered nec­es­sary for many years be­cause a cow­shed is such an im­por­tant build­ing on dairy farms in the area as well as in all dairy dis­tricts na­tion­wide.

The site for this cow­shed was put on the Firth Tower Re­serve Man­age­ment Plan in 1998.

It is near the Mark Madill Shed where a large dis­play of agri­cul­tural ma­chin­ery, called From Horse to Trac­tor, was opened early this year.

Plans for the cow­shed in­clude a walk-through shed show­ing hand milk­ing and early ma­chine milk­ing with two bails, chains and leg ropes to keep the cows still while be­ing milked.

There will be some yard­ing out- side the shed and the doors at the back will show where the cows left the build­ing af­ter they had been milked to walk down a race be­fore re­turn­ing to the pad­dock to re­sume graz­ing.

A barn will be erected and at­tached to this cow­shed which will have dis­plays show­ing what hap­pens to the milk in the shed, where it goes to be man­u­fac­tured into but­ter, cheese or other prod­ucts at the dairy fac­tory.

Other dis­plays will show the im­por­tance of herd test­ing and how it was done from the be­gin- ning, as well as more as­pects of dairy farm­ing and milk man­u­fac­ture.

These dis­plays will have in­for­ma­tion pan­els, pho­to­graphs and au­dio- visual dis­plays to help in­form vis­i­tors.

Vol­un­teers will fin­ish the inside of the build­ing as was done for the Mark Madill Shed ex­ten­sion.

Other mem­bers of the his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety will work on se­lect­ing suit­able items and pho­to­graphs, and in­for­ma­tion pan­els for the in­door ex­hibits.

Pro­ceeds from the book fair will as­sist in the con­sid­er­able cost of bring­ing this project to fruition.

Please continue do­nat­ing books, mag­a­zines, jig­saws and board games for the fair. Take them to the Cit­i­zens’ Ad­vice Bureau at Rail­side on the Green, Mon­day to Fri­day 10am till 4pm.

This year, the book fair will be held at the for­mer Tables on Broad­way on the cor­ner of Broad­way and Vosper St.

It starts on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 4 and runs un­til Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 6, open daily from 9am till 4pm.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion please see to­day’s Pub­lic No­tices.

Photo: EILEEN HAN­D­LEY COL­LEC­TION

Wor­thy cause: The Mata­mata His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety Book Fair will help fund the Cow­shed project at Firth Tower. Pic­tured is the cow­shed on the Al­li­son farm in Tai­hoa which the so­ci­ety is in­ter­ested in re-cre­at­ing.

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