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1501, TA/18
Talking About Technology

Speaker: Spencer, Joe, 1934 - , Interviewee, Male, Farmer;
Speaker: Young, Gordon, Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Recalls leaving farm on Melton Mowbray Aerodrome site in 1942 when 8 years old. Describes new farm very run down, water from pond, no power, used paraffin lanterns and candles. Recalls how cows were milked, milk yield and method of delivery to Twyford and Tebbitts chees makers. Details method of tasting. Mentions vacuum pump used from 1948 in detail and how cows were milked. Talks about the health of cows and further changes introduced in late 1960s early 1970s. Describes new machines used for milking. Mentions where churns were stored and how they were cleaned. Describes feeding cows. Talks about testing for brucellosis, foot and mouth disease not affecting area in 1967. Describes cleaning equipment and milking parlour. Mentions herringbone system and clusters. Gives number of cows currently and milk yield. Details cleaning pipes and number of staff. Comments on changes over the years and costs.
Place of birth:
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Farmer
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Melton Mowbray
Periods Covered: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s
Language: English

Recording Date: 10/8/2001
Playing time: 30 mins
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: Bournemouth University
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
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