The farm now known as Loughview Stud Farm and Livery yard was originally a mixed and dairy farm owned by the family for a few hundred years on which was grown a rotation of crops of grain and fodder, cultivated using horses. Richard remembers as a child the then modern 12 cow byre in which the cows were milked by hand and being sat on a bullock facing backwards while milking was underway. This bullock his father was breaking for an uncle who would then yoke it along with his Clydesdale horse to plough.
The farming methods then were to be virtually self-sufficient and grain, potatoes, turnips etc. grown, hens and ducks kept. The milk from the cows was churned using a horse driven paddle in a large square oak container to produce butter and buttermilk used by bakeries in bread making. The grain for feeding was threshed in a barn thresher also driven this time by two horses yoked to a bar on either side of a central cog wheel, driving a pinion and shaft going to the machines. Some of these artifacts still reside on the farm. Three heavy work horses were kept for work.
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