Inventor revolutionised dairy farming
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.