Makaraka students visit Mahana Station at Whangara

Avid listeners: Students involved in the recent Aurora Education Foundation field trip to Mahana Station at Whangara have talked about their experience. Here they get the heads up from Mahana’s Norm Thomas. Picture supplied

MAKARAKA Primary School students who visited Mahana Station at Whangara recently on an Aurora Education Foundation excursion have put together a farm trip account of their day and it makes interesting reading.

Norm and Demelza Thomas hosted a group of 34 “gifted and talented” students from schools round the district for the day.

Here is the account from the Makaraka youngsters:

“We arrived at Mahana Station and everyone was really excited.

Norm Thomas came onto the bus and had a talk to us about what we were going to do then we drove up to the first bit where we were going to learn about the different aspects of farm life.

On pasture and grasses we learnt what type of grasses you can grow on farm.

We learnt that we shear sheep for money. We can wear the wool as clothes. Shearing the sheep means they don’t get so hot in the summer.

In the summertime you get a gang over to shear in your shed.

You get the woolly sheep in the shed and then you pull one into the shearing area and then shear the different parts and put them in different piles, and then you put the clean and main wool in the press.

We went downstairs to learn about sheep and lambs.

We looked at the electric scales, how heavy they were and the different pens they went into depending on their weight.

We also learnt how much money they make for the whole process of the sheep’s life.

We even sorted sheep out and they were going to get sent to the works. Then we moved on to the cattle and beef.

They showed us how to drench the bulls and what equipment they used like a hooked steel pipe that they hooked into the mouth and pull the trigger and the drench goes into the cow’s mouth. Then they showed us how to weight the bulls with the automatic scales and what the pin numbers where for and how to use them.”

All in all it sounds like a very educational day — which was the aim.

MAKARAKA Primary School students who visited Mahana Station at Whangara recently on an Aurora Education Foundation excursion have put together a farm trip account of their day and it makes interesting reading.

Norm and Demelza Thomas hosted a group of 34 “gifted and talented” students from schools round the district for the day.

Here is the account from the Makaraka youngsters:

“We arrived at Mahana Station and everyone was really excited.

Norm Thomas came onto the bus and had a talk to us about what we were going to do then we drove up to the first bit where we were going to learn about the different aspects of farm life.

On pasture and grasses we learnt what type of grasses you can grow on farm.

We learnt that we shear sheep for money. We can wear the wool as clothes. Shearing the sheep means they don’t get so hot in the summer.

In the summertime you get a gang over to shear in your shed.

You get the woolly sheep in the shed and then you pull one into the shearing area and then shear the different parts and put them in different piles, and then you put the clean and main wool in the press.

We went downstairs to learn about sheep and lambs.

We looked at the electric scales, how heavy they were and the different pens they went into depending on their weight.

We also learnt how much money they make for the whole process of the sheep’s life.

We even sorted sheep out and they were going to get sent to the works. Then we moved on to the cattle and beef.

They showed us how to drench the bulls and what equipment they used like a hooked steel pipe that they hooked into the mouth and pull the trigger and the drench goes into the cow’s mouth. Then they showed us how to weight the bulls with the automatic scales and what the pin numbers where for and how to use them.”

All in all it sounds like a very educational day — which was the aim.

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