The Golden Age of Agriculture


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How did transport improvements help agriculture to improve?

  • Using the trains was cheaper than walking cattle to market. It also left more cattle healthy when they got to market.
  • Transport was a key factor in agricultural improvements in the nineteenth century.
  • Trains were speedy and a reliable and fresh produce could be sold further afield.
  • The first canal network was useful for getting new crop yields to new developing industrial towns and cities.
  • Trains provided cheap transport for bulky produce. This meant that new cattle breeds could be sold further a field.
  • Trains took grain to towns further away and this made a good profit. These trains could also bring back manure.
  • Rapidly expanding railway networks during the 1830s meant that agriculture hit a boom period.

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