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Milk: Dairying in Britain has a long history dating back at least several thousand years.

Woman milking a cow in a field

Sheep and goats were the first milk providers, superseded by cows by the end of the 16th century. Their milk was obtained via hand milking, a process slowly replaced by labour saving milking machines from the early 20th century onwards.

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