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Hay raking
     
Hay raking
     
  Hay raking
The picture shows a horse-drawn hay rake and the traditional hand held wooden rake. New tools and machinery, such as the horse-drawn hay rake, became available during the nineteenth century speeding up many jobs. The wooden hay rake is a very traditional tool; the design varied by region but the requirement that it was as light as possible remained the same throughout the country. Grass is turned into hay by being cut and left to dry. Warm sunny weather and dry air are essential parts of the process. The hay feeds livestock through the winter months when there is no fresh grass to eat.
 
     
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