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Monday, 23 January 2017

Agriculture in the UK

I wanted to return to a farm unit, a subject which we have not covered in about five years, but we approached it from a more mature general agricultural perspective to keep the older ones interested. Having said that we did have some fun this week, exploring what a year on a farm would look like, making use of various toys and cuddlies while we covered each season.


Winter

*ploughing the fields
*spraying cereal crops

*feeding the livestock their winter feeds (sugarbeet, hay and silage)


*general farm maintenance


*housing the sheep

*eggs from the hens

 *scanning the ewes for pregnancy

*weaning the calves and feeding the livestock

The children created a seasonal and monthly diary for their work on the farm.

Spring

*vaccinating the sheep


*liquid fertiliser applied to the potatoes

*lambing
*fertilisiing the fields ready for grazing

*tailing the lambs and tagging their ears





Summer

*shearing the sheep

*making hay

*irrigating the potato fields

*baling and carting the hay

Autumn

Many farmers consider Autumn to be the beginning of their year. They sow new crops, plough, cultivate and harvest.

We spent a morning accounting, working out profits from the harvesting and selling of cereal crops, potatoes and hay, and also the selling of livestock after lambing and calving.