Sheepdogs and Tractors Down on the Farm


Sheepdogs and Tractors

Preschool series. Storm meets some very special sheepdogs and a young gardener, while JB learns all about tractors.


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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 and field to barn

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# So much to do down on a 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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Hi, I'm JB. And welcome to Down On The Farm.

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Spring is here, and that's great news for us farmers.

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It's a busy time. So, while I get on with some spring-cleaning,

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let's find out what Storm is up to.

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Well, today we're in the beautiful Welsh countryside,

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and I'm going to attempt something I've always wanted to do.

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I'm going to try to work with sheepdogs.

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A bit like this.

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Farmers use sheepdogs to herd their sheep through the fields.

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This is Anna-Lou and her dog, Spud.

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Anna-Lou is a very experienced sheepdog trainer.

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She knows all the commands and whistles to tell her dogs

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to guide the flock of sheep to the right place.

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It's like a sheepdog language.

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And today I'm going to take my first steps at learning this

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special language.

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-Hi, Anna-Lou.

-Hello.

-Who have we got here?

-This is Spud.

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Hi, Spud. So, I saw you working with Spud earlier.

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How did you manage to round up all those sheep?

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Well, I couldn't without him.

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But he's a cracking good dog, so he does the work.

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And what do you use sheepdogs for in the spring?

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Mainly to bring the in-lamb ewes inside, out of the bad weather.

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So, where do we start?

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In the classroom. We'll go indoors

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and we'll go through the basics there.

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I have to say, that sounds fantastic to get inside, out of this wind.

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Yes, that would be a good idea.

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OK, Anna-Lou, before we go outside

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to work with the sheepdogs, the first thing

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is to start here. What are the main commands when you're working

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-with sheepdogs?

-Well, you've got five basic commands.

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-"Come by" - clockwise.

-This way.

-Very good.

-And the dog will

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-come round here.

-You have "Lie down"

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between every command, because then the dog knows something different is

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going to happen.

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The next command is "Away" - anti-clockwise.

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-The dog would move here? And then you'd say "Lie Down".

-Yes.

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Now, your next command is "Walk on".

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-"Walk on" will move the dog and the sheep forward.

-Yeah.

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And then we're out.

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Your last command is to call the dog off and reward him with a big pat.

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-So, will I be using sheep when I go outside?

-Not today.

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We're using little pygmy goats.

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The pygmy goats don't get stressed like sheep.

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And with beginner handlers,

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I get a lot of people with quite naughty dogs.

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The sheep get very upset.

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-So, do you think I'm ready to go out and try it outside?

-I think you are.

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Today, Ken the sheepdog is going to help me herd the goats.

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-No. Come by.

-Walk on.

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Good boy.

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Walk on, Ken. Good boy.

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Come by. Come by, come by.

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ANNA-LOU WHISTLES

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Come by. Lie down, Ken.

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It's tough. It is really, really tough.

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Last one in.

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Good boy.

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That'll do, Ken. Good boy.

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Well, I think I'll probably need a few more

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lessons before I become a professional trainer.

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But this is Smart and he's six months old, and he's sure to be

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a star sheepdog for the future. One to watch.

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And while I get a few more cuddles, why don't you find out

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what else happens down on the farm in spring?

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CLUCK CLUCK CLUCK

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Spring is the season of new life.

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Lots of baby animals are born at this time of year,

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as the days grow longer and warmer, and food becomes easier to find.

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Some of spring's new arrivals live in fields or woodlands.

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Others are at home in ponds, on rivers,

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or in the sea around our coasts.

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All these different places are called habitats.

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And in spring, farmers can help create one of our

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most important wild habitats - hedgerows.

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They soon grow thick with leaves, wild flowers, and, later, berries,

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providing food and shelter for lots of creatures in the months to come.

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After spending the winter in cowsheds,

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lots of cows are turned out into the fields to munch fresh

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green grass, which grows quickly in spring.

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QUACK QUACK QUACK

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I'm here to meet a little girl and her mummy who are having

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a spring planting party in their garden.

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-Hi, Rebecca. Hi, Rea.

-Hi.

-Thank you very much for inviting me

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to help out in your garden today. But are you sure we're in

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-the right place?

-No, it's over there.

-Oh, the garden's over there.

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-So it's right behind your house.

-Yeah!

-Do you think I could help out?

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-Mm-hmm.

-And I brought some decorations because I heard we were

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having a bit of a party to make the place really colourful. Shall we

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-go put some of them up?

-Yeah!

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So, is it just up here?

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This community garden is looked after by the local

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people in the area. They grow vegetables, fruit and flowers.

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And today we're having a planting party to mark the start of spring.

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So, Rea, we've got this bag filled with compost.

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But what are we going to plant in it?

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-We're going to plant potatoes.

-What do you like to eat potatoes with?

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-Carrots, potatoes and chicken.

-You like to eat potatoes with...

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Spicy chicken.

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They grow potatoes in these big, deep sacks.

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So, first, we need to dig a hole.

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They drop the seed potatoes into the sack and cover it all with compost.

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Once it's completely covered, they water it and leave it to grow into

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lots of delicious potatoes.

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That's us done with the potatoes. They're nice and planted.

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-What are we going to plant next?

-We're going to plant

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the cabbages over there.

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-Was that hard work?

-Yeah.

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That's it planted.

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Now some final watering.

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And we've made a little sign so we know which crops are where.

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Don't they look great?

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Well, I think the garden looks absolutely fantastic with all

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those vegetables ready to spring to life and the decorations we put up.

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-Thanks for helping.

-You are more than welcome.

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Now, a party wouldn't be a party if we didn't have some cake.

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And while we tuck in, why don't you check out our spring poem?

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OWL HOOTS

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The night-time will be over soon.

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The sun is rising. Bye-bye, moon.

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It's early, but the sky is bright.

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It's hard to sleep when it's so light.

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Songbirds were the first to wake.

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What a lovely noise they make.

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They stir us from our dreamy sleep

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With their whistles, trills and cheeps.

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A new day dawns with the sound of spring.

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"Wake up! Get up!" they seem to sing.

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It's far too early for us to worry

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While nature seems in such a hurry.

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OINK OINK! SPLAT!

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I just love seeing animals down on the farm.

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Did you know that animals used to do some of the jobs that

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machines do today?

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Well, I'm here at this farm in Dorset to find out more.

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NEIGH

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-Hi, Taya.

-Hi. Welcome to the Heavy Horse Centre.

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Heavy horses are incredible, aren't they?

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Yes, we've got over 20 heavy horses here at the farm.

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What exactly does a heavy horse do?

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Horses took the role of the tractors today. They would do

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farming on fields and harvesting, ready for crops to grow.

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-What's this one called?

-This is Iona. She is a percheron,

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-which is a French breed of heavy horse.

-What's she pulling behind her?

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This is a manual plough. You can see she's pulling the plough,

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which is churning up the land, ready for farming.

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-And you guys also have tractors here, don't you?

-We certainly do.

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-Can we go and check some of them out?

-Yes, let's go and have a look.

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Horses like Iona used to do jobs like tractors do now.

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Tractors were invented to make the jobs quicker and easier,

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and this farm has lots of tractors for special jobs.

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There are old ones

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and new ones,

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big ones

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and small ones.

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You should never play on a tractor,

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but Taya has given me special permission to have a look.

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This old red tractor is small and doesn't have a windscreen or a roof.

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Beep beep!

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This big new tractor has a special arm which is used for lifting

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heavy loads like hay bales.

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And look at the wheels. They're enormous!

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Well, Taya, I love your horses, but this is so cool.

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This is a great tractor. It's really old. It's from 1972, and

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it's 40 horsepower, so it can do the work of 40 horses.

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So does that mean it can pull a plough like Iona did earlier?

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-It definitely can, and it can work a lot faster than the horses did.

-Cool. Can I have a go?

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-Yeah, jump aboard. Just watch out for the muddy puddles.

-Hahaha.

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Good luck, JB.

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Tractors like this one have two small wheels at the front

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and two big wheels at the back with massive tyres.

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All the power comes from the big back wheels, and the small

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front ones steer the tractor while I move the steering wheel.

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This way I don't get stuck in all the muddy puddles.

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While I get a few more laps on my new favourite tractor, why don't you

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find out what else happens in spring?

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CLUCK CLUCK BEEP BEEP

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We're on a Scottish island called Skye to meet these farmers

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who harvest scallops from the bottom of the sea loch.

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Scallops are a type of shellfish that live at the bottom of seas

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and lochs.

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They grow fan-shaped shells around their bodies to protect them.

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They open the shells to feed on tiny plants

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and animals that live in the water.

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This is Ben and his dad, David.

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They collect the scallops from this loch which is full of

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salty seawater.

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They use some very unusual equipment to farm with.

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We use these special suits to keep warm and dry while we swim.

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We breathe under the water using this, which is

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connected to a tank of air.

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Time to go find some scallops.

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There are lots of creatures living in the loch.

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Starfish like this like to eat scallops, so David moves them away.

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They collect the scallops in a big net.

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Some are quite tricky to catch.

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That's all they need for today.

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That was a great dive.

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We'll just take these suits off and we'll go take a look.

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Now they're nice and dry, they unload their fresh catch.

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You can tell the age of a scallop by counting its rings.

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Just like a tree.

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This is a baby scallop. We take scallops like this

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from the deep water to the shallow water where there's more

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food for them to eat.

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We're going to put him back on the seabed until he's bigger.

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All these big scallops are ready to be delivered.

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BZZZZZZZZZZZZ

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Storm and I have had an excellent time down on the farm,

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and we hope you've enjoyed it too.

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There are more fantastic things from Down On The Farm

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on the CBeebies website. So check it out. We'll see you next time. 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 and field to barn

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# So much to do down on a 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 meets some very special sheepdogs and a young gardener at a local gardening project. JB learns all about tractors and even gets to drive one! JB shares a new Down on the Farm spring poem, and we also find out what we can harvest from the sea bed.


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