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    Some of the traditional work done by farmers could soon be taken over by a machine which went on display for the first time at a California farm.

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    SV AND CU: inventor operating machine in Madera, California with voice of inventor running over (2 shots)

    SV: machine being operated watched by others. (6 shots)

    REPORTER: "This is Clarence Ylarregui and his invention, the hydrofencer. This is a prototype. The first production model is being completed by Thompson and Gill of Madera. It includes some refinements and safety features. What the machines does is unroll wire fencing, stretch it taut drive in metal fence posts, and never, never, gets tired. After pounding hundreds of posts in the ground and stretching thousands of feet of fencing by hand the sheep the sheep rancher said the machine just seemed like a good idea. The secret of the hydrofencer is the upright roller, the idea for which he said he got from watching the ringer of an old washing machine."

    YLARREGUI: "To give an example of this machine here would, can put up eight to ten miles (16 km) of fence or approximately one mile (1.6 km) an hour. I don't think there is any human that can stay with that and this machine will really (indistinct) eighteen to twenty miles (29.27 - 32.4 km) in a ten hour period. And there isn't anyone who can stay up with it especially when the machine doesn't get tired and humans do."

    REPORTER: "When the sheep are through pasturing, the hydrofencer rolls up the fence as easily as it put it down and if the ground is to firm to pull the post by hand, the machine will do that too. They call it the hydrofencer because its hydraulically controlled and it can raise and lower its operating platform to conform to any soil terrain. Sheepmen from neighbouring states have heard about the hydrofencer by word of mouth and so far at least one of the 14,500 US dollar (8,430 pounds sterling) machine has been sold. Dick Moody reporting from Madera California."

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    Background: Some of the traditional work done by farmers could soon be taken over by a machine which went on display for the first time at a California farm. The machine makes it possible for a sheep rancher to lay a fence enclosure without having to touch a post. And when the sheep are finished grazing, the machine will roll up the fence and pull up the posts just as easily. All the operator has to do is sit back and pull the levers. NBC's Dick Moody has been finding out more.

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