New Zealand agriculture has seen huge changes in the period from the end of WWII to the 2000 Millennium. Mechanisation, new products, new plants and animals, and changing financial fortunes. Technical and management changes on farms and political and economic influences of it. Horses were replaced by tractors and trucks, haystacks by barns and bales. Urban attitudes to farming changed. However it is still the essential base to our economy and place in the world.