This spring was high activity down on the farm for our level 6 animal care learners. We were in Gurteen Agricultural College learning about how to handle and care for farm animals. The learners got up close and personal with horses, cows, and sheep. It was a busy time with the cows calving and there was a touch of “one born every minute” as our learners watched a cow calving for the first time.
Gurteen is a busy working farm and there was plenty for the learners to do everything from walking the horses to tagging the ears of the new born calves. The learners met Charlie the Charlaois bull and learnt the importance of on farm safety when handling these dangerous animals. Thankfully he was safe in a secure bull proof pen!
The new born lambs were a delight to all and the learners learnt how to feed them with a bottle and how to correctly hold them while their mothers looked on. There was plenty of mud, silage, slurry and dung and we experienced it all. No need for make up or fake tan down on the farm.
All in all it was a very worthwhile trip with our learners getting to grips with the realities of farm life and where that burger and kebab comes from. We’ll be back again next spring.