In­ven­tor rev­o­lu­tionised dairy farm­ing

South Waikato News - - Rural Delivery - GER­ALD PIDDOCK

Ex­actly 100 years have passed since an in­ven­tion from a lit­tle­known Pahiatua farmer rev­o­lu­tionised dairy farm­ing around the world.

So suc­cess­ful was the first mech­a­nised vac­uum pump milk­ing ma­chine cre­ated by Nor­man Daysh that the core ba­sics fine tuned by milk­ing ma­chine com­pany Delaval have largely re­mained un­changed.

Daysh’s in­ven­tion was recog­nised at an event at the com­pany’s head­quar­ters in Hamil­ton last week where his grand­chil­dren John and Mary Daysh were pre­sented with a plaque to mark 100 years since the world’s first com­mer­cially suc­cess­ful milk­ing ma­chine was launched.

The ba­sic con­cept had re­mained un­changed for so long and high­lighted the sig­nif­i­cance of the in­ven­tion, Delaval’s Ocea­nia sales man­age­ment direc­tor Justin Thomp­son said.

‘‘It’s some­thing that’s stood the test for 100 years and is rel­a­tively un­changed.’’

Grand­son John Daysh said Daysh’s in­ven­tion was some­thing that New Zealan­ders should be proud of.

‘‘I’m cer­tainly proud of my grand­fa­ther and I want peo­ple to know about it.’’

Daysh’s fa­ther was a dairy farmer and grew up on the farm milk­ing cows by hand in the 1880s-1890s. It was an age when there were lots of in­ven­tions and in­no­va­tions oc­cur­ring with fly­ing ma­chines and cars, he said.

Daysh’s brother-in-law was an en­gi­neer and the pair tried to de­velop a so­lu­tion that would al­low farm­ers to milk cows me­chan­i­cally.

Daysh se­cured more than 20 patents for his ma­chine be­fore trav­el­ling from Wairarapa to New York in 1913 in the hopes of find­ing a global com­pany in­ter­ested in help­ing him per­fect the ma­chine he had de­signed.

In New York, Delaval recog­nised the po­ten­tial of Daysh’s ma­chine and his in­no­va­tive spirit. To­gether they fine­tuned the ma­chine, and then in 1917, launched it to the world.

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