- Mar 20, 2004
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how many generations,are you going back? Mechanisation has been progressively reducing hard labour for about 300 years, its been a good while since farmers ploughed by hand
Even the farmers I know today that deal with livestock and bailing hay are in much better shape and a lot stronger than the average person and even some above average "weight lifters". Of course these are smaller farms and not the huge commercial farms.
Heck, realistically you can go back to even the 50's and 60's in the US for hard labor with certain professions like iron workers and dock hands.