Today we went on a field trip to the goat farm. Before the trip we made our predictions about what we thought we would see, hear, taste, smell and touch.
Teddy: I know I will see goats. It will be a lot of goats. I think it will be a man that is milking one of them and making one. I wonder if there will be cows and chickens.
Johnny: I know that I'll smell funny things and maybe smell wheat. I think we might see the goat getting milked and maybe some wheat.I wonder if it is dirty and if it is a bit wet and if it is very smell and if we can get cheese.
Adam: I know I'm going to the goat farm. I think I will see how the goat is milked. I wonder if I can see a cow.
Minzhe: I know I will visit the goat farm. I think I can see how they milk the goat. I wonder what the goat milk tastes likes.
Frankie: I'm going to see goats. I'm going to see grass. I think I will see a farmer. I think I will see a farm. I wonder if I will feed goats.
Griff: I know it will smell bad. I will see goats. It will be muddy. I think my feet will get wet, a farmer will milk a goat, I will have fun. I wonder if I will milk a goat. I wonder if I will taste milk.
Arwyn: I know there will be some goats and I know there will be a farmer working there. I think there will be goats cheese. I wonder if there will be any more animals.
Emanie: I know that pigs are also there and horses are also there. I think bats are also there and the goats are also there and I know there are also cows there. I wonder where is the farm.
Lucy: I know there is going to be farmers. I think we are going to try some milk. I wonder if I will smell goat cheese.
Siena: I know I will see goats, flowers, barns, trees. I will hear 'baaah', 'moooo', talking. I think I will see dogs. Maybe I will see sheep. I wonder how they milk the cows. What do they wear?
Claire: I know I will see a pick, yak and a goat. I think there will be a lot of goats. I wonder if there will be a yak.
We learnt that the male goats are called bucks, the females are does and babies are called kids. The does produce milk for their babies and carry the milk in their udders. The goats are milked, then the milk travels from the mechanism to a drum. Later it is bottled. If you don't refrigerate the milk, you have to drink it within an hour. If it is in the fridge, then it can last a week.
Many people drink goat milk because they may be allergic to cow's milk and it is lower in lactose for people who have lactose intolerance.
The goats at the farm are fed grain and hay.
Griff: Do the goats fight?
Guide: No, they are actually very peaceful.
Griff: How many times do the goats get fed?
Guide: Three times a day.
Griff: How many goats do you have?
Guide: Over 100.
Shotaro: How long do the goats live for?
Guide: Their life span is 12 years.
We then got to tour the area where the goats are kept. The does, bucks and kids are kept separately.
Afterwards we discussed what the trip as a class.
Adam: I was really surprised, because I thought we were going to a farm and there was going to be grass and stuff. But there was metal everywhere.
Frankie: Yah, I didn't think they'd be in metal cages. I thought they'd be eating grass.
Arwyn: And running and playing.
Emanie: I thought there would be different animals.
Siena: I wasn't expecting them to be all crammed into cages. It was so crowded.
Lucy: And I thought they would all be together. Not separated. The moms, dad and kids were all separated. And I wondered why.
Teddy: There was some kind of milking machine, attached to their utters. I thought they would milk by hand.
Shotaro: I learnt that a goat's lifetime is 12 years.
Griff: And that they are fed three times a day.
Johnny: And they don't fight. But actually we saw two fighting. Or maybe they were just playing.
Arwyn: I thought they'd be like grazing on grass and have lots of room to move around.
Griff: Me too.
Nora: I wonder why the goats were separated.
Teddy: What is the milking machine called and why do they use it? Why don't they just do it by hand?
Claire: Do they ever get to play outside?
Emma: Do they have any other animals there?
Siena: What are their lives like?
Lucy: Like maybe they could have toys or something.
Siena: A grassy area.
Pieter: How do they sleep? On the hard ground? Or do they even sleep?
Shotaro: Where do they go when they are waiting to be milked?
Johnny: Do they milk them even in storms? What happens if the machines break?
Griff: I know now they get fed three times a day, but how much do they get fed. It didn't look like they were getting much food.
Siena: Why do they chop off their horns? And how?
At lunch time we got to try some fresh goat milk!
Later we reflected in writing.
Siena: I wish the goats had a bed made out of grass. The goats should get to run around once in awhile. What do they do if there is a fire? How do they clean the goat's milk? I touched a goat. The goat felt smooth. At first, I felt scared to pet it, but when I touched it, it felt soft. Then I felt safe. The baby goats are called kids.
Emanie: Today we went to the goat farm, and we ate the snack in the goat farm. And the goat farm is so gross. And also we throw up, because the goat was gross. And the machine is using the goat for the milk. And also it's so gross. And it is hot over there. And then we tried the goat milk. It was good.
Minzhe: Today, I visited the goat farm. I saw goat line up for milking. They used machine to squeeze the goat milk. The goat milk put into bottles. I taste the chocolate milk. I don't like goat milk.
Nora: I saw goats. It was fun. I found out that they use machines to get the milk. And that the small goats are kids. It wasn't how I imagined it would be like. Maybe it was sad for them to be in a cage all of the time. I hope they could play sometimes.
Lucy: I felt a bit sad, because the moms were separated from the dads and the babies were separated. I had fun stroking the babies. They felt so furry. One of them almost bit Arwyn. But it was stinky.
Frankie: I pat the goat. The goat feels good. I also saw two goats fighting. It was fun to see the goats. I think they should change the name. Because it is full of cages and no farm. How do the goats sleep well?
Adam: Today we had a field trip to the goat farm. I saw a machine squeezing the goat milk. They collect the goat milk into a tank. The goat milk is put into bottles. I tasted the chocolate milk. It was good. Johnny: I think they should change the name because there is no farm. It is like a metal place. I wonder if goats have fun. I wonder if they have a good sleep. I wonder if the goats get to run. I wonder if the goats fight. I wonder what goats eat on other farms.
Griff: I saw one or two goats fighting each other. It was not nice. But it was cool. One of them jumped on the other. The other one was scared. All of the goats were trapped in a cage. It was not nice. I wish they'd let them out, because it's like a prison for goats.
Teddy: I learnt that they live for 12 years. I felt sad that they were in a cage. It was a little bit stinky there, and I did not expect that. It looked like a balloon, the milking thing.
Claire: Some milk come from goats from a machine. Why? My question is I thought only cows have milk. But goats too. Goat farms have goats, a lot of goats in the goat farm. Why? Do goats have utters? They like to eat grain and grain comes from the USA. Milk is good. I love food! There's much in the USA. How do they make it (grain)? Does it come from grass?