Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Farming in New Zealand 26.4.1978

Maria gave me this lovely FDC. This issue centred on the Centenary of Lincoln University College of Agriculture, and its special relationships throughout New Zealand's agricultural industries.
The College was founded in 1878 on 100,000 acres of pastoral land that had been set aside for the purpose by the Provincial Council of Canterbury. Mr W E Ivey was appointed the first director of the College.  Grassland farming is New Zealand's most important industry and the source of over 80 percent of the country's exports.  The College continues to develop its resources to meet the challenges of modern agricultural needs - through the application of the findings of research, use of machinery, topdressing of pasture and efficient agricultural management.
The stamps shown on the cover are :-
Centenary of Lincoln College (1878 - 1978) - 10c Ivey Hall and students.
Centenary of Lincoln College (1878 - 1978) - 12c The rural agricultural nature of the College is illustrated on this stamp with sheep, rolling hills, grasslands and trees.
Fertiliser Groundspreading - 15c The spreading of bulk fertiliser is an important part of efficient agricultural management.  The bulk fertiliser ground-spread industry has grown - in techniques and capacity - to meet the widespread challenges of our agricultural society.
Agriculture Field Days - 16c Farming skills are demonstrated to enthusiastic audiences at organised field days. here a tractor is shown ploughing.
Harvesting Grain - 20c Cereal and grain farming sectors are portrayed on this stamp, reaping the fruits of the harvest, so essential to the daily lives of man and beast.
Dairy Farming - 30c Dairy farming and the important role cattle play in the New Zealand economy are represented by the cattle which, in New Zealand's mild climate, can graze outdoors throughout the year.

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