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Discussion in 'Agricultural Matters' started by Landless Gentry, Apr 10, 2019.

  1. 1.5 cwt is 168lbs,

    2 of them on each shoulder totals 672lbs, which is twice what Olympic powerlifters lift.

    I smell a bit of exaggeration in these vintage farming threads.
     
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  2. 2wheels

    2wheels Member

    Location:
    aberdeenshire
    well the donkey would certainly go hee-haw:)
     
  3. 7610 super q

    7610 super q Member

    Location:
    Crapweathershire
    And if a sack didn't quite fit, the driver jumped up and down on it, till it did fit.
    Another wheeze was to pretend to be one bag short, so the farmer had to chuck another bag on. The extra bag ended up in the drivers cab. Practice died out after one farmer insisted on unloading the whole lorry, counting, and re loading.:ROFLMAO:
     
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  4. 7610 super q

    7610 super q Member

    Location:
    Crapweathershire
    Bit weedy those olympic power lifters...:LOL:
     
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  5. betweenthelines

    Location:
    southwest
    My uncle was an animal feed merchant, any sacks less than 1 cwt he used to pick up 2 at a time. He was still doing this well into his 70's & I think Red Label cake was in 70lb bags
    I can also remember milk churns and water cooling. Churns would be loaded on an open truck and then driven round for 4 or 5 hours before getting to the Dairy! On a hot summer's day, you'd get half of yesterday's milk back marked PQK (poor keeping quality) No lab tests back in the day, they'd just see what it smelt like!
     
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  6. Kidds

    Kidds Member

    Location:
    Warrington
    I picked up a 2cwt anvil and carried it across the shed the other day. I am neither young or fit. Nor would I want to do it regularly or up steps.
     
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  7. Courier

    Courier Member

    The man who said “ Hard work never harmed anyone was a downright liar”.
     
  8. Forage Trader

    Forage Trader Member

    Location:
    Ceredigion
    We used to set off in the lorry at 6 in the morning with 300 cwt sacks . Fill them by hand with barley load them on the lorry and be back home for tea
    Hawkswood Farm Hay on Wye . What a lovely man . You could here him coming as he never stopped singing
     
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  9. Forage Trader

    Forage Trader Member

    Location:
    Ceredigion
    BOCM Red Label . Half a Hundredweight , 56 pounds
     
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  10. Red Fred

    Red Fred Member

    I just remembered the concrete wheel dips we put in in 1967 to clean the lorry wheels. I think they are still there under the tarmac at the end of the drives.
     
  11. haggard143

    haggard143 Member

    Location:
    Norfolk
    My grandmother made cheese during the war cycled to town 6 miles away to sell them, grandfather did eggs she sold them as well, He also worked in the family blacksmith shop and in the home guard at night,
     
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  12. haggard143

    haggard143 Member

    Location:
    Norfolk
    Maybe so but dad talked of the loads men were expected to carry,no option,most of dad's forebears were dead before 60,
     
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  13. Still Farming

    Still Farming Member

    Location:
    Glamorgan Wales
    And the one with the cart?
    He he he?
     
  14. Red Fred

    Red Fred Member

    This is our town mill- now another coffee bar, but at least they preserved the BOCM sign. The building alongside is Waitrose on what used to be the cattle market.
    Framptons_Mill_Ringwood.jpg
     
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  15. Red Fred

    Red Fred Member

    We still have one of the old conical churns. I'm guessing it's pre-war at least. I found an old enamel Kositos sign too, but it looks as if grandad needed a bit of tin in a hurry one day :(
    IMG_6964.JPG IMG_6967.JPG
     
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  16. Red Fred

    Red Fred Member

    Just noticed the churn says "Aplin and Barrett and etc Ltd, Yeovil. The "etc" can't have been so important. :)
     
  17. Still Farming

    Still Farming Member

    Location:
    Glamorgan Wales
    Worth a bit ,don't cut them up!
     
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  18. There was an old lad who used to take his own milk to the dairy that we used to supply, well into the 1990's. It was only churn COLLECTION that stopped in the 70's. He lived close by the dairy and used to take them in his old Sherpa van.(y)
     
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  19. bovrill

    bovrill Member

    Location:
    East Essex
    Hard work never killed anyone.
    It just made them a funny shape later in life.
     
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  20. Roy_H

    Roy_H Member

    Yep, our 4 "Massey Ferguson Butler" bins ( 2 driers, 2 storage) went up then too. Not long after that a big moist grain silo.
     

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