This morning Group B were cleaning out the donkey stables. We had to wear blue rubber gloves to keep our hands clean when we cleaned up the poo. The poo was cold and damp when it was fresh and looked glossy. When it was old it was very dry and hard. The poo is made mainly of hay, I pulled it apart there were pieces of hay inside. Hay is made out of dry grass but some people confuse it with straw, which is dry barley stalks. (Straw is used for bedding, because it is warm and soft and it soaks up wee and poo). The donkey’s main talent is eating; they eat a lot so they poo a lot. The donkeys’ poo wasn’t really that smelly and the horses’ poo is usually used for manure to help the plants grow. We had to pick up the poo without the sawdust, as this does not help plants grow. We collected three wheelbarrows full of manure and the ‘TESCO Finest’ one had no sawdust in it, so it was the best quality.
After tipping the manure onto the heap, we picked up special brushes to groom the donkeys. You had to brush in the same direction that the hair grows. Donkeys get hay in their fur, because they eat so much hay. We had to brush out every piece of hay and sawdust. It was really interesting and we found out lots of new facts about donkeys.
Bloggers: Rosie, Rebecca and Elijah
Sharing a room with my friends is really exciting, because they make me feel at home. They are always there for me and make me laugh. This time here at Wales is the best I’ve had. We have been feeding goats and holding lamb, harvesting swede and cleaning. Chicken coops. It’s really windy and hails are everywhere. I’ve made new friends since I’ve got here. I still miss home but I feel OK to be honest. I feel like this is the best school trip ever. The goats are really mad. I’ve learned a lot about animals. We’ve walled sheep dogs, they are really fast and sometimes walk you instead. I think I’m going to like the rest Wales.
The chickens were scary at the beginning but after a while they started to tickle when they ate the barley off our hands. Did you know that the barley has to be mixed in with oyster shells so when they eat it the food won’t get stuck in their necks? Afterwards, we saw some chicks and we wanted to hold them but we couldn’t because they were too delicate. The first stage of an egg is the yolk, the second step is the egg whites, and the third is the skin.
At lunchtime the rain started to pour and got heavier and heavier. We are all still alive, as no is allergic to rain. This afternoon we saw the chicks that were a few days old and were able to hold them. We had to hold their wings down with our thumbs, otherwise they would fly away and escape. The chick’s body was very furry and its legs were so tickly on my palms. I thought there were going to chase me but they didn’t. If you make a lots of noise, or chase them or muck about they’ll will be afraid and run away. In the chicken coop we tried to gather the eggs in a basket. With one of the chickens this was hard, because she was protecting her eggs. After this, Les came helped us. We cleaned the chicken coop by shoveling their poop and bed area. Then we put fresh hay on the floor; it smelt much better.
Bloggers: Maya S. and Grace
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Today is Tuesday 12th of January, which also is our second day of our five day trip to Treginnis Farm.
Group A went to see the sheep. Did you know that female sheep are called ewes and that male sheep are called rams? We also saw some baby lambs that were only five days old. The farm only need a few rams to mate with the female sheep to make babies. After that we met a sheep dog called Shanny and she helped us round up the sheep and take them to their pens from the field. We also held baby lambs and they were so cute and fluffy. Did you know that if a ewe is marked with an orange line they are going to have twins and if they have a pink spot then they are having triplets.
We are all really enjoying are time at Treginnis so far and are also missing our loved ones.
Bloggers: Hannah and Chiara
This morning group B went down to the goat pens to milk, feed and learn about their lives on the farm. Before breakfast Dan lead us to the room where the goats were milked. He taught us how to milk them and keep them calm. The goat we milked was could a Saanen and this type of goat is from Switzerland and puts all its energy from food into producing milk instead of body fat. This is why the Saanens are so skinny. Goats that have one stomach that is divided into four sections, these sections are called chambers.
We all took a turn milking two goats and straight after we milked them we had to wash our hands. We gave them a variety of food, to mimic their food in the wild because they are browsing (not grazing) mammals.
We stopped for breakfast and ate scrambled egg and bacon. The next session after breakfast, our group went out to the shed to chop up wood for the fire in the dining room. Dan showed us how to use a bow saw and splitter. We used the bow saw to slice the wood in smaller logs, which taken to the splitter. The splitter is really a car jack lying on the floor. Two people put the remaining wood onto the base and used two levers to push back and forth to make the piston go forwards. When the log reached the blade it sliced down the middle. We stacked the wood so that it could dry out before burning.
Bloggers: Arlo and Tyree
After one loud night (our noise), we woke in the morning and separated into our groups to do different activities. Group C, which is my group, left their rooms and got ready to go on a coast walk with the sheep dogs. There were two sheep dogs called Airgwen and Shanny and there was another dog called Puddles who is really cheeky. The walk was around one hour long. The wind was really strong and we almost got blown into the water. It was an amazing experience.
In the morning, Group A went with Les to go in to feed the pigs and we had to remember the names for each pig. We gave them some food to eat, which was the food that we threw away. When I was called in feed the pig, I tried to hold the bucket but the pig kept on bashing into me. It tried to eat the food. It felt painful when it nudged my tummy but I felt OK really. We also cleaned out the poo from the chickens, which smelt really awful. Worse than my socks smell. It was a tiring job that made my back ache but it looked really comfortable for the chickens when we had finished.
This is the quiet room where we learned the rules of the farm.
This is us feeding the goats, they were really strong!
We also milked the goats.
They were very friendly!
After the tiring, long coach ride we finally managed to get to the farm and had a snack. Then Dan (who is the manager of the farm) told us some basic rules which we learned quickly, we did not always follow them though. The adults sorted our rooms and our groups of who will sleep and do activities with who. Once we sorted ourselves out we had our dinner (jacket potatoes with beans and cheese), after that group 1 (which was our group) went to milk and feed the goats, this is what it was like.
Our instructor Les helped us to milk goats, he showed us how you strangle the top of the teat and then squeeze the other part which then squirts out the milk. You can’t actually drink it fresh /unpasteurised because you can get terribly ill, this is the most deadly thing to drink in the world when it is fresh. A male goat is a Billy Goat, a female goat is called a Nanny Goat, and a baby is called a Kid.
DID YOU KNOW?
A male goat (Billy Goat) attracts female goats by putting its head between its legs and peeing on its head . This works like aftershave. The smell is HORRENDOUS!
Bloggers: Willoughby and Eve
Year 5 have arrived at Treginnis farm safe and sound and, after their long journey to Wales, are looking forward to a hearty meal before their experience truly starts!
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