Cutting crops the old fashioned way

Ash Swan likes to do things the old fashioned way, cutting an oat crop last month with this 1920s Sunshine Reaper and Binder.

ASH Swan likes to do things the old fashioned way.

Whether it’s conducting winery tours in the 12 seater coach, delivering brides in his white leather carriage or ploughing a field by hand, Ash likes to do things just like they were done 100 years ago.

Part of the Clydesdale draught horse display that was at the Maindample Country Fair on Sunday, Ash was also in Mansfield last month to cut an oat crop with his three horse team.

Driving his 1920s model Sunshine Reaper and Binder, Ash and his team of three cut the one hectare crop over two days.

Although the imagery that springs to mind is immediately romantic, harking back to simpler times, the reality is somewhat different – there are lots of sun, sweat and flies.

In order to cut a crop the old fashioned way, Ash and his horses pull the Sunshine Reaper slowly through the field, with big paddles.

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