On Thursday the 13th of September 2012, the Agri Aware Mobile Farm visited our school. All the children, parents and teachers had to do a ‘double take’ on entering the school as they were greeted bright and early by Orla Byrne, a parent of our school, and her Mobile Farm, which housed a calf, a piglet, a donkey, a goat, a hen, a sheep with her lamb and a rooster who alerted the whole neighbourhood in Bellurgan of their arrival….’cock-a-doodle-doo’!
The mobile farm visit to Bellurgan was an exciting and educational experience for students and teachers alike. Children from Junior Infants up to 6th class were introduced to the animals by the Orla. It was a fun, exciting and innovative way to introduce the pupils to a range of farm animals in a safe educational environment. Pupils got the opportunity to learn about the animals while also getting an opportunity to see, handle and feed them. We learned some very interesting information like how cows have four stomachs and hens ingest stones to aid digestion in the absence of teeth!
Each of the animals had fantastic names such as Gerry the calf and Billy the goat. Every child and teacher thoroughly enjoyed the visit from the Mobile Farm. We would like to thank Orla for her expertise and the animals for being so much fun! We look forward to welcoming them all again in the future!