Thus, in Wales machinery has not replaced manual labour to the same extent as it might have been expected. In many cases it has made possible a more thorough cultivation, which in turn has necessitated an increase in labourers. Whenever a large decrease has taken place it is attributable not so much to a change in the method of farming as to a change in the very nature of the agriculture pursued – the substitution of stock grazing for cultivation.
(Royal Commission on Labour, Agriculture Labour Wales, Report of Leufer Thomas, 1893, p. 7 [Tip: daliwch Ctrl a chliciwch dolen i'w agor mewn tab newydd. (Cuddio tip)] )