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Learning about Agriculture at Grey Roots Museum
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April 11,  2017
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Jake and Sam Sloan sheared sheep

Approximately 275 Grade 5 and 6 students from Bruce and Grey Counties attended Roots of Bruce 'All-day Thursday'.  Unfortunately, only 115  students attended Friday because of wintry conditions and bus cancellations.   

Students who were there were able to see cows being milked and helped to bottle feed the calves and learned how they are tagged for ID so they can be traced. 

A sow with her piglets were in a farrowing pen. Students learned how to care for pigs and when they are weaned.

 Judy Shelley, with 4H, taught students how to care for sheep and what a ram, ewe, and lamb are.  They learned so much about alpacas, and beef cattle, too.  Farmers explained what type of food and how much an animal needs per day.  

Farm safety was taught, especially preventing tractor run overs, preventing grain entrapment, and how to reduce hazards on a farm.  Farmers talked about different tillage methods, use of fertilizer, and seed treatment.  

At the  Canadian Food Grains station they saw how people in Third World countries grow crops to help feed themselves or to sell so they can survive. 

Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority explained the importance of building healthy soils to make more productive crops. Pots with many herbs had been planted showing students some of them.  

Different types of wood were displayed and we learned uses for many of them. Maple syrup and honey stations, two of our natural sugars had lots of information.  Grey Bruce Veterinary Association  explained animal diseases such as worms, rabies, and mad cow disease. They had live animal traps

Doug Schaub brought two of his Belgian horses and explained how they used to be used for logging and working the land, but now are mostly for recreation.  

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Mike Chambers from Stoltz Farm Equipment showed the modern technology of autonomous tractors, GPS systems and drones.    There was a wealth of information to be learned at each station.

Brockton mayor, David Inglis, stressed the importance of learning all you can now as you will need it later in life. 

Huron Bruce M.P.P. Lisa Thompson told the students that there are going to be many agricultural jobs happening in the future. She promotes eating locally and learning where your food comes from. M.P. Ben Lobb, also came to support the agriculture industry in Bruce County


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