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I always like reading about the people farming long a go. One piece of equipment that you would see in any haggard (where the cowshed and haystack lived) was a Furze machine. This was turned by hand. You would pass Gorse ("Furze") bushes through it to crush it an make it palatable for the farm horse and cattle. I believe you can cut down "Furze" with the loppers and bash it with a wooden mallet. Anybody ever fed it to their cattle or horses?
Any road. Many years ago. When a bachelor met a young spinster at a dance. He would always check if she had all her fingers. "Why"? you ask. It was very common for a milk maid to lose the top off her finger from the blade on the old "Furze" machine. She would be know good for a wife for the farmer. She wouldn't be able to milk his cows.