Mistletoe and Soup Down on the Farm


Mistletoe and Soup

Preschool series. Storm helps to harvest mistletoe, JB visits a tractor factory, Rory finds out about hedgehogs, and we find out how soup is made.


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# Come join us down on the farm today

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# Learn about nature along the way

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# From seeds to crops then fields to farms

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# So much to do down on the farm,

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# Summer, autumn, winter, spring

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# Ploughing, planting, harvesting

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# With JB and Storm to lead the way

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# Come join us down on the farm today. #

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COCKEREL CROWS

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Hello, I'm JB and welcome to Down On The Farm.

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Winter is a busy time on the farm and it's harder for animals to find

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food, so farmers help to make sure they have plenty to eat.

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While I help look after the chickens on this farm,

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let's find out what Storm's been up to.

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I've come to an apple orchard in Worcestershire,

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but not to find out about the crunchy fruit

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or the big trees they grow on.

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Instead, it's something that grows on the trees.

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It's this - mistletoe.

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Mistletoe is a plant with white berries that mainly grows

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in the winter. It grows on trees and bushes.

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It wraps itself around the branches really tightly

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so it doesn't blow off.

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This is Mark. He farms mistletoe on his orchard.

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-Hi, Mark.

-Hi, Storm.

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So what makes mistletoe so special?

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It's one of the few plants that flowers in the winter.

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And why do you love mistletoe so much?

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It's beautiful. Look at this.

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It is very beautiful.

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People around the world use it for decorations,

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and I collect it to sell.

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I've brought some friends along to help us collect the mistletoe.

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Here they come now.

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-Hi, guys.

-Hi, Storm.

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Now, we're going to be looking for mistletoe up high in these trees.

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Do you think you might be able to help us find some?

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Yes!

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Mark uses a special tool called a sickle to cut the mistletoe off.

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Yay!

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Off we go.

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So there's plenty of mistletoe around.

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What does the mistletoe look like?

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We think it looks like a green stalk

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and white bluebells, probably.

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Can you eat the berries?

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Although the berries look pretty, you can't eat them.

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They're bad for your tummy.

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Aw!

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Thank you very much. Look at how much mistletoe we have here.

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We can take this back to the barn and sort it into nice, neat sprigs.

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Have you finished, guys?

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Yes!

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Let's see your bunches.

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Wow, they look amazing.

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-What do you think, Mark?

-Oh, they're fantastic.

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Now just to take them off to the markets and shops.

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Well, while we get these packed away,

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why don't you find out what else happens at this time of year?

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CLUCKING

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Around our coasts,

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beaches that were packed with holiday-makers in the summer attract

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different visitors in winter time.

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Huge flocks of birds, like these arctic knots, swoop in,

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searching for food.

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At low tide, the waves roll back to reveal wide stretches of sand.

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The hungry birds are quick to spot

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signs of creatures burrowing just under the surface.

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They rush to eat as many as they can before the waves roll

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back in and cover the beach again.

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Winter storms and high tides wash lots of seaweed up onto beaches.

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The seaweed attracts millions of little flies,

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which make a welcome meal for hungry starlings and other birds.

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Grey seals visit winter beaches too.

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These super swimmers usually spend most of their time in the sea.

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They have a thick layer of fatty blubber and fur to keep them warm

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in the cold water.

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But in late winter they start to moult.

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This means that their tatty old fur is replaced with new fur.

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While they are moulting, seals find the water too cold.

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They haul themselves onto land and wiggle their way up the beach as the

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tide comes in, to avoid the icy waves.

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Moulting also makes the seals want to rub their bodies on anything they

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can find,

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so a pebbly beach is the perfect place for a good scratch.

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In the cold winter some animals hibernate.

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This means their bodies slow down and they rest.

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But some animals that should have hibernated by now haven't,

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so I've come to this special animal rescue centre to find out what they

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do here to help them.

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-Hi, Gaye.

-Hi, Rory.

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And look at this little guy!

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-Hedgehog!

-Yeah.

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So, Gaye, I hear that you look after animals that haven't been able to

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-hibernate.

-That's right. These hedgehogs we've got are too young.

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They haven't had enough time to put on enough weight to hibernate.

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And how do you know when they're ready to go outside?

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We weigh them on a daily basis,

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just to make sure they're gaining weight steadily.

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What weight do they need to be before they're released?

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Now that we're well into the winter,

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it'll be 700 grams before we put them out.

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OK. So, shall we weigh them now?

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-Yeah.

-I've got my gloves.

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Gaye is letting me pick up the hedgehog,

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but you should never do this.

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About 510 grams. It's not time for you to go outside yet.

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I think this one might be heavy enough to go.

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OK, let's find out.

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Oh, wow. Over 800 grams. You're definitely ready, sunshine.

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So we've got a nice, happy, healthy hedgehog here.

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-What else does he need?

-He needs a safe place to hibernate now,

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and I know a farmer that'll be happy to take him.

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Brilliant.

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CATTLE LOW

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Hi, Robert. Hi, Ceona and Lucy.

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Hi, Rory. Hi, Gaye.

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So, I have got a hedgehog here that needs a safe place to hibernate.

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Check it out.

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Eugh, look at its nose.

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-What do you think, Robert?

-I think hedgehogs are great.

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They're a farmer's friend. They eat slugs, they eat insects.

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-So it's all good.

-Perfect. So, away to find a safe place for this guy.

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-Where are we going, Gaye?

-I think we know just the place where it'll

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be good for it to hibernate.

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Right. Let's go and find it.

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Oh, wow!

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This is beautiful and looks like the perfect place to release our

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-hedgehog, doesn't it?

-It does, yeah.

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There's lots of leaves they can use for making a nest,

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and a field nearby where they'll find lots of nice things to eat.

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Excellent. And what's this?

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This is a wooden hedgehog house that I put here.

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Lovely. Guys, shall we put some food and water in there for the hedgehog?

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Yes.

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There's a hole in the side of the

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house so the hedgehog can get in and out until it finds a new home.

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Right, guys, this is looking good, but there's something missing.

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-The hedgehog.

-Yes, of course.

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Let's pop the hedgehog in.

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Here we go.

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Well done. Make yourself nice and cosy.

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Happy hibernation!

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While the hedgehog gets comfy in his new home,

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why don't you enjoy a winter poem?

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You dreamed of snow and now it's here.

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A snowball whizzes past your ear.

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Let's build a snowman, what a treat.

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He'll be the best one in the street.

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Onto a slidy sledge we jump.

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Off we go with a bump, bump, bump.

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We're whooshing, booshing, down the hill.

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Hold on tight, it's such a thrill.

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Cold ears filled with squeals and laughter.

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We'll remember this day for ever after.

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I've come to a special factory in Basildon that makes something which

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gets used on farms all across the world.

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It has four big wheels, a noisy engine,

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and helps farmers with lots of different jobs.

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Can you guess what it is?

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That's right, it's a tractor.

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And this is where some of them are built.

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Let's go and take a look inside.

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Tractors are one of the most useful vehicles to have on a farm.

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They can do so much,

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like pull trailers, lift muck and help harvest crops.

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I love using mine on my farm.

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Many different parts are needed to make a tractor.

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At this factory,

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specially trained people put the parts together on this.

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It's called a production line.

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Each worker builds a different part of the tractor.

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Today, I'm meeting Mark, who works at the factory,

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to tell me how it's done.

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-Hello, Mark.

-Hello, JB.

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Can you tell me about the main parts of a tractor?

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Yes, so the base of the tractor is called the driveline.

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And from here we connect the engine.

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Wow. And the engine in my tractor at home is really big and heavy.

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Yes, they have to be big in order for the tractor to pull heavy loads.

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-What happens next?

-So, then we add the cab.

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The cab is where the farmer sits and drives the tractor.

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The cab also keeps the farmer warm in the winter

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and cool in the summer.

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-And every tractor has to have wheels, right?

-That's right.

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So we have two large wheels at the back and two small wheels

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at the front.

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Can you believe that thousands of tractors are made here each year?

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It's not just people who build the tractors.

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Clever robots with specially made parts help paint them, too.

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And there you have it. A brand-new tractor.

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Let's go and take one for a test drive.

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Hi, Sean.

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I'm really excited about this.

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This feels pretty fast for a tractor.

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This course is designed to test how well the tractors are made.

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There are lots of bumps and dips on the road,

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just like there would be on a farm.

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-This is what they call a rocky road, is it?

-Yeah.

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If the tractor passes the driving test,

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then it is ready to go to work on a farm.

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Well, that was fun.

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I've had a great time learning about how tractors are made and even

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getting to ride on a brand-new one.

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Now let's find out about a tasty food that heats you up

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in the winter.

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Today we're in Glasgow to meet Rueben who is on a farm,

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packing freshly picked vegetables.

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In this box we have some vegetables we've grown here,

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including potatoes, leeks, onions, turnips and these.

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They're carrots.

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All these colourful vegetables are full of vitamins to

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help keep you healthy.

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Reuben brings tasty veg like these from lots of farms to families every

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week. Today, Rosa, Sophia and their mum are going to use them

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to make a yummy winter soup.

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What's the first thing we need to do before we cook any food?

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Wash our hands!

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'We need to wash the vegetables too,

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'to get rid of any dirt or soil before we prepare them.'

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I wonder what this carrot's going to look like when we chop it up.

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-Orange?

-Let's see.

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-It is orange!

-Orange!

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'Now it's time to prepare two other important ingredients.

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'This is called a stock cube.

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'When it's crumbled and mixed with hot water,

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'it provides lots and lots of flavour.

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'And this is pearl barley.

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'It makes soup lovely and thick.'

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Now we've prepared the vegetables, we're going to make the soup.

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Today we're going to make a vegetable broth.

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'The vegetables are cooking nicely,

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'so the colourful carrots are added

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'along with the tasty stock in barley.

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'It's left to bubble away, turning the veg soft.

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'Look, the carrots have made the soup purple, too.

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'Now it's ready to eat.'

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Doesn't it look tasty?

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Mm... Yum.

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'Hot and healthy soup, a hearty way to keep warm in winter.'

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Storm, Rory and I have had lots of fun today, and we hope you have too.

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Don't forget to check out the CBeebies website

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for more great things from Down On The Farm. See you next time.

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Bye.

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# Come join us down on the farm today

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# Learn about nature along the way

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# From seeds to crops then fields to farms

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# So much to do down on the farm

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# Summer, autumn, winter, spring

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# Ploughing, planting, harvesting

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# With JB and Storm to lead the way

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# Come join us down on the farm today. #

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Storm takes a trip to a farm in Worcestershire to help harvest a special winter plant with beautiful white berries. JB visits a tractor factory to see how they are built and goes for a test drive in a brand new tractor. Rory finds out why hedgehogs are a farmer's friend. Storm shares a snowy winter poem and we go to Glasgow to discover how yummy vegetable soup is made.


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