Today Grade 1 went on a farm excursion to Animal Land in Diggers Rest. Olivia’s dad Brendan came with us on the bus and Tom’s dad, Justin and James’ mum, Donna met us at the farm. We went on a double decker bus and we sat up the top. We were very excited and we had really good views of the countryside. When we arrived at the farm we were met by Caroline who was the guide for 1A. The very first thing we did when we arrived was have our snack in the big shed. We then split into our grades and visited the shed with all the baby animals. We got to pat and hold baby rabbits (did you know they are called kittens?), baby guinea pigs (called pups), chicks and ducklings. They were all so cute. We then went to the milking shed and hand milked the cow, named Maggie. She was black and white and very big. Caroline helped us squeeze the teat and the milk squirted into a tin bucket. After we milked the cow we turned the handle of the butter churn. Next we had a ride on a Shetland pony named Ginger. We had to wear a helmet and Erin led us around the yard. It was fun. The last thing we did before lunch was a big tractor ride around the farm and then we hand fed the goats and sheep. It tickled when the goats and sheep licked the pellets from our hands. We saw the pigs and piglets and they smelt a lot. They were rolling in the mud so they don’t get sunburnt. We also saw Burgers the big Angus bull. He was enormous. Brendan, Justin and Mrs Dawson were the only ones allowed to feed him. His tongue was like rough sandpaper and was very strong. After we ate our lunch we were given a biscuit with some of the butter we made with the butter churn. It tasted pretty good but not as good as the butter we made in our classroom on Monday. After lunch we had a competition between the boys and girls to clean up the poo in a yard. We had rakes and spades and put the poo in wheelbarrows to go on the vegie garden later on. Caroline said it was a draw because the girls had bigger wheelbarrows but the boys barrows kept falling over and they had to start again. We were like Super Pooper Scoopers!!! After that we fed the ducks and their bills were hard and tickled our hands. Some people said it hurt. Lastly, we visited the hen house and picked up the hens and roosters. We also visited the vegie garden and planted a sunflower seed each which we brought back to school and will watch grow. It was a hot day and we were all really tired at the end of the day. We all had a fantastic day and learnt lots about the farm. Caroline was pleased with how much we already knew about farm animals. Thank you to our parent helpers. We hope they enjoyed the day as much as we did.