A moo-ving experience!
Year 5 children from Broadway Junior School, Sunderland had a terrific visit to Eachwick Red House Farm, near Ponteland, Northumberland last month. The visit was by kind invitation of Dennis & Richard Gibb whose farm has around 370 dairy cows and grows cereals & oil seed rape. The visit began with a guided walk through fields seeing the cows and an Aberdeen Angus breeding bull before going on to see calves and some of the cows being milked in the milking parlour.
The highlight of the visit was watching the birth of a calf - children and adults were spellbound when Dennis and his brother Richard helped a cow to give birth in front of the class. The children will certainly remember this farm visit for a long time!
Broadway Junior School have worked closely with The Country Trust for a number of years, with the children visiting a different farm each year during their time at the school. In addition, David Thompson, Assistant Director at The Country Trust and a farmer himself, spends a day in the school during the winter months giving informative and interactive talks about food, farming and the countryside.
Margarita Acklam, Head Teacher says, "At Broadway Junior School we know that we are so lucky to be one of The Country Trust’s schools as we get to go out and about and see things that money could not buy! This year was no exception, as when Year 5 visited Eachwick Red House Farm they witnessed at first hand calves being born. Special days like these not only promote a love and an understanding of the countryside farming and outdoor life, but also provide memories to last a lifetime.
Our immense gratitude is with Mr Thompson and Mr Dennis Gibb (farmer at Eachwick Red House Farm) for making these wonderful days possible and for sharing most of all their homes and precious time with us."
You can find out about how your school can have a farm visit here