Farming Over the Centuries

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Bronze Age farm
Courtesy of Stephanie Rowe

After the Stone Age some changes happened in farming in Ireland. Over thousands of years farming in Ireland grew and developed. People still hunted for food but most of the food soon came from farming.

Some things stayed the same because people still had to plant and harvest crops and they still had to look after their animals. Some of the basic methods of farming stayed the same up until the time of our grandparents.

Taming and Keeping Animals

As we said earlier, the Neolithic people brought many animals with them to Ireland from Britain and other parts of Europe. These animals were originally wild but the Neolithic people tamed them so they could be used as farm animals. The type of animals found on Irish farms remained the same for thousands of years.