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Bersham Heritage Centre & Ironworks
Wrexham LL14 4HT
United Kingdom

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Root pulper

Turnips, swedes and mangold-wurzels are tough! You may know that already from trying to cut them up in your kitchen at home. Animals find them equally hard work to chew and eat.

You could try pulping them in a giant pestle and mortar. However, this machine did the job with a lot less effort on the farm worker's part. It had special blades that could slice or pulp the roots. You could power the machine by hand, but usually farmers relied on a horse gin or a stationary engine to supply the power.

Can you work out where your pour the root crops in and where the pulp comes out?

The pulp was mixed with the chopped up straw from the chaff cutter to make a very healthy mash to feed to cattle, sheep and horses over the winter months.

Did you know?
Turnip Townsend was a British landowner who pioneered the idea on his farm of rotating different crops (wheat, barley, clover and turnips) over four years. This practice, which increased food production and kept the fields fertile, soon spread across the whole country.
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This machine slices and crushes root vegetables, such as turnips or swedes, into a healthy mash to feed to farm animals during the winter months. Most farms had a patch of root crops so they didn\
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Bersham Heritage Centre - Open Air Gallery
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