The Irchester Farmers

Here at Irchester, we are very lucky to have the countryside so close. There are several farming families in our school but the majority of our children have rarely been on a farm.  So, we have started a Farmers Project. Jack (from the Management Committee)’s Dad has invited us to use his farm Spinney Barns as an extra place for us to learn about the world we live in. The group of 7 and 8 year olds will be following the progress of six newborn piglets on their journey from sow to sausage as we find out more about where our food comes from. They will also be investigating and running experiments on different areas of agricultural science too!

Here is what Ashton from Year 4 has to say about our first trip

I went to Spinney Barns with eleven other children from Year 3 and 4. We went to Spinney Barns for an exciting new project.      At Spinney Barns there are two sows, one’s called Betsy and her daughter is called Marlene.  Marlene had 6 piglets two days before we visited. She wouldn’t let us see them yet. The daddy pig is called Boycey.

However, there are nine other piglets and they are ten weeks old. They are very lively and noisy. A mummy pig is called a sow and a daddy pig is called a boar.  They are fed small pellets called pig grower that have all of the vitamins included.

There are 13 different types of pig in UK. These pigs are Saddleback Pigs and the ten-week old piglets are a mix of Saddleback and Large White.

They grow some other fruit and vegetables there too. They have apples, carrots, leeks, lettuce and lots of herbs including tarragon and parsley. At Spinney Barns there are 7 girls and 6 boys plus the six piglets.

We can’t wait to go one our next trip!

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