In my previous post, I covered the background of the trip to UK Argo Farm. In this post, I will cover the guided tour itself. As mention, the tour and the feeds required (found in the “goody-bag”) is included in the package stay. And we were brought around the farm in this “bus”.
Tip: DO put on mosquito patch and/or insect repellent before you embark on the trip. In fact, I helped the kids put on both once we reach the farm. There were quite a fair bit of insects around.
The itinerary of the guided tour.
The first stop is to witness the “Sheep Herding”. This is the process where they herd the sheep from one grazing patch to the other. Initially I thought it would be quite boring, but I was wrong. It’s quite a view seeing a big group of sheep moving from one place to another. And according to our friendly guide, Uncle James, some of the sheep at the end of the herd were actually pregnant. You can see the small belly that they have, which is quite cute. The kids definitely enjoyed the “scene” and having such close encounter (without cage or barriers) with them.
Next, we walked a short distance to the “feedstock processing factory”. There isn’t much to “see” there but just feedstock. We can’t really see the process itself. But Uncle James provided some basic explanation about the feedstock, goats and the farm. It was quite informative, but maybe a little too long and not interesting enough for younger kids. The boy got a little inpatient near the end of the explanation.
Tip: We were silly enough to stand quite close to the feedstock (cause Mommy wants to take photo for the blog). And we didn’t realize that there were many insects near it. They didn’t “bite” but can be quite irritating when they fly to your leg. So keep a good enough distance from it.
Behind the feedstock processing “factory”, is the goat pen. This is where the kids finally get some hands on. Feeding the goat! As mention, the feed was provided. So it’s time to take it out and have some fun feeding. And don’t worry, the goat don’t bite. According to Uncle James, even if they do bite, one row of their teeth are soft (think is the upper row), so it won’t hurt. But we didn’t encounter any that bite though. Oh, the farm is thoughtful enough to provide a bin for you to throw away the plastic bags for the feed and a tap for you to wash your hands if you are concern about hygiene.
Tip: We realize that the goat prefer the soft grass and wouldn’t really eat the twigs. So don’t bother about feeding them the twigs.
As we walk further into the goat pen, there are more goats waiting for us. This time round to feed them milk. You can exchange the coupon in the goody bag for the milk in bottles. Each person is entitled to only one bottle. This I find a little too little, I have to give up mine for the boy to have more chance of feeding.
Tip: The kids may not be tall enough to feed some goat. This is because the bottle need to be tilted in order for milk to flow through, much like the bottles human use. So go for the baby goat which are much shorter and ask the kids to raise their arms as high as they can.
Goat Milk Processing
The bus brought us to the milk processing factory. Here, they showed us step by step how they milk the goat. There is some “sterilizing” process to ensure there is no contamination. For the actual milking itself, they uses machines that reminds me of my Medela breast pump. So it’s a pity we won’t allowed to have some “hands-on” milking experience.
After watching the milking process, we proceed to the “factory” next to it and again Uncle James explain how the milk is being pasteurized and available for our consumption. Too bad the factory was not in operation when we were there, probably due to weekend. So it gets a little boring for the kids again.
After the short explanation, we were served with goat milk for us to try and purchase if you want. I took a small mouth and I think the “goat-smell” was rather strong.
Looks like I’m unable to cover all the itinerary of the guided tour in one post. So stay tuned for part 3, where I will share the 2nd part of the tour!
Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post.
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