Books to boost cowshed fund
Project is under way
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.
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.