Beechenhill Farm - Dairy Farming
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Dairy Farming

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winter spring resting tagging beef rearing butcher breeding autumn
 
 
WINTER
 
In the winter Daisy and the other milking cows live in a big shed. She sleeps on deep straw and eats silage. Silage is grass saved from the summer in large black plastic bags. She is milked twice a day.
Daisy has an eight-week holiday before her calf is born. No milk is produced and she rests in the field.
 
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SPRING
 
Daisy's calf is born. She produces milk to feed her calf. Twice a day the farmer collects the extra milk, at 6 o'clock in the morning and at 5 o'clock in the evening. The milk is stored in a chilled tank then collected by a lorry. The lorry takes the milk to a dairy where it is heat treated and put into cartons for the supermarket or made into cheese or butter.

The Calf has two tags put in its ears. These tags are a bit like earrings; they are to make sure that everyone will know whom the calf belongs to and how old it is. Female calves are called heifers, they stay on the farm and when they are old enough to have a calf they join the milking herd. Male calves are sold to another farmer. New Cell

The male calves are called bulls they are reared by another farmer to produce beef. When they are about two years old they are taken to the butcher.
 
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SUMMER
 
The butcher cuts up the meat ready for people to buy. The skin of the animal goes to a tannery to make leather for shoes, car seats and handbags.
When Daisy is ready the bull makes her pregnant. She is pregnant for nine months. To make milk a cow has to have a calf, Daisy has a calf every year.
 
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AUTUMN

From May to October Daisy and the rest of the herd live outside in the fields. Outside they eat grass and drink water. They come inside twice a day to be milked, then they are given extra food made of wheat, barley, oats, peas, beans and molasses (molasses is a bit like treacle)
 
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