Protection from rodents requires rodenticides and protective equipment to prevent rodents from entering the crop store. In developed agricultural systems, the modern farm is viewed primarily as a production unit where the harvested product is rapidly transferred to agribusiness and food companies which have the necessary technological, management and financial resources to adequately treat and preserve farm produce in bulk.
The demise of the oxen in American and European agriculture was largely the result of their inability to work harvesting machines. When tractors became available, they could pull harvesting machines with only minor modifications. Nevertheless, horses did not lose their comparative advantage, even in harvesting, for some years.