2012 Livestock Posts


All the Livestock related parts of recent programs are available on the video player above. Over the weeks the programs will look at the seasonal jobs carried out by farmers on different livestock.

Livestock Posts

26 November 2012 – Feeding a nation, Christmas harvests and farmers work

  • Livestock at Christmas – Shows sheep mating now also how farmers will be looking after Livestock over Christmas even on Christmas day.

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12 November 2012 – Preserving – memories, food and wool

  • Wool Processing – See what happened to the sheep’s fleece you saw clipped from the sheep last summer.

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22 October 2012 – Horse Power – then and now, Poo Cycle, Crop Cycle

Download teachers notes for this section – Re-Starting Natures Annual Cycle.

  • The Poo Cycle. How farm livestock re-cycle the products of harvest. This shows how livestock eat the products of harvest and produce manure for the farming to re-cycle by using on the crops he grows.

8 October 2012 – Autumn Tasks, Victorian Villages, School’s Harvest

  • Livestock farmers preparing for Winter. – Shows how livestock farmers started their preparation for winter back in the summer by preserving grass to feed over the winter.

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24 September 2012 – Bygone days, harvest and lambs

  • Dressing a Lambs carcass. – Shows how your local butcher dresses or butchers a lambs carcass for you to enjoy your favourite cuts of lamb such as chops, leg or shoulder of lamb.

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10 September 2012 Landscape from Ice gives harvest for beast and man

  • The Harvesting of grass – Shows livestock harvesting grass to make milk for their offspring. Shows lambs being weighed to see if they are heavy enough for sending to market.

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9 July 2012 – Summer, when wonderful things, can happen to quiet people.

  • Shearing Sheep – We revisit Mr Heywoods sheep to see them being sheared

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25 June – Eat Drink Fly like an Athlete!

  • The White Stuff -Great for athletes – Shows milk being processed to produce cream for your Wimbledon Strawberries and then bottled as either Whole, Skimmed or semi-skimmed milk. Also explains why milk is an excellent drink for athletes or after any exercise

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11 June 2012 – Athletic Snails, Micro Bugs, Yum! Yum!

  • Bugs in Cows and sheep – We look at how ruminants rely of micro-beasts in their 4 stomachs to help them digest grass making them very important to food production as this allows us to produce food from land we would not otherwise be able to use

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The video of the ruminant bugs inside the ruminants stomach where kindly provided by
Professor R.J. Wallace B.Sc., Ph.D.,
Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health,
University of Aberdeen,
The largest of the microorganisms is about 0.15 mm.  So, 60 end-to-end in 1 cm.  The large pieces are ingested grass.

21 May 2012 – Green Green Grass of May

  • Grass at Last – We revisit the lambs we saw turned out after lambing and learn some tragic news. We see our calves getting their first taste of fresh grass

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8 May 2012 – May the food be tasty

  • Pigs for bacon – The pigs we have followed from farrowing are weighed to see if they are ready for bacon. We also follow a local butcher as he explains how a pig carcass in butchered into the various pork and bacon cuts

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23 April 2012 – April Showers: Lambs, Wild Flowers, Potatoes

  • Lambing – Follow lambing on Oliver’s Farm where we see lots of new born lambs and the work involved in looking after all these new lives, which involves both experienced shepherds and fresh, enthusiastic young shepherds.

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26 March – Spring Marches On

  • Calving – We finally manage to capture some cows calving on film – full graphic details so beware! We show how soon a newborn calf is up and suckling it’s mother’s milk and also how the farmer’s jobs and responsibilities for this calf start from day 1

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12 March – The ides of March are upon us!

  • Secret Calves and lambs? – Explains how we have so far been unsuccessful in catching calves being born on film, but how we are more confident of catching lambs being born as our farmer has 2000 ewes to lamb. We see these ewes being brought inside, fed and vaccinated in preparation for lambing.

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27 February Weather good or bad?

  • The weather can kill! – This follows our newborn piglets through to weaning, looking at what different systems are available for rearing pigs and how the UK pig herd has some of the highest welfare standards in the world – which we should be supporting if we believe in animal welfare.

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6 February New Spring – New Life

  • Preparing for Calving and Sows Farrowing – Shows a farmer fetching in his cattle ready for calving in the spring, Then goes on to show how piglets are born all year round. With footage of piglets actually being born .

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26 January 2012 Milk Beyond the Farm

  • Shows that the safety of this important foodstuff starts with storage on the farm and then shows how it is treated to keep it safe to consume and then how it is packed into the cartons of liquid milk you buy as a consumer.

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9 January 2012 Computers in Agriculture

  • Farm Animals and Computers – Shows how computers are used to monitor pigs feeding during pregnancy and also how they are used to help farmers weigh ingredients so they can mix the correct food ingredients for cattle. It also shows how even milking cows and goats is helped by the use of computer to monitor how much milk is produced.

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Livestock General National Curriculum Links

  • Citizenship KS 1 + 2
  • Design and Technology KS 1 + 2
  • Science KS 1 + 2
  • The videos have lots of science links to the units listed below for example:
  • Shows plants life cycles and what parts of a plant we use and harvest.
  • Some of machinery could be used to discuss pushes and pulls.

Relevant QCA Schemes of Work

    • Unit 3 Animals and Us
    • Unit 1E Pushes and Pulls.
    • Unit 2A Health and Grow.
    • Unit 2B Plants and Animals in the local environment
    • Unit 2C. Variation
    • Unit 4A. Moving and growing
    • Unit 4B Habitats.
    • Unit 5B. Life cycles.
    • Unit 6A Interdependence and adaptation.
    • Unit 6B. Micro-organisms.

The 9 Eco School topics.

With apologies if we are ‘teaching grandma to suck eggs’ here are some of our thoughts on how our videos link to the Eco School Topics.

Showing pupils just which of their food products are grown and produced in this country will give them important background knowledge when discussing transport, energy and global perspective of food production and the healthy living choices they make when they go to the shops.

      • Growing food and the associated energy costs of buying home grown food or imported food
      • Use of water when keeping animals not just for drinking but also for food hygiene
      • How keeping animals has and effect on school, garden and local biodiversity
School grounds
      • How the digging a pond can help with the design and creation of new features in your school grounds
Healthy living
      • The role meat can play in promoting a healthy diet. The improvement of school ground can also aid mental well being.
      • Reduce transport costs by choosing local or UK produced food.
      • How keeping animals has associated litter responsibilities
      • When outside be it school, garden or countryside “Take only photos Leave only footprints!”
      • Explain that gardening and farming is and always has been synonymous with recycling. Pooh as fertiliser!
Global citizenship
      • Explain how even the little things we do – where how food comes from, how much we recycle, our biodiversity, can affect the whole world be it good or bad!

National Government initiatives:

  • Healthy Schools
  • Sustainable Schools
  • Every Child Matters
  • Learning Outside the Classroom
  • Thinking Skills.