Carrots and Alpacas Down on the Farm


Carrots and Alpacas

Preschool series. Storm visits a family farm and learns how carrots are harvested. JB heads to a spring farmers' market and sees all the seasonal produce.


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

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Spring has arrived, and there's lots to do,

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so while I get on with tidying up, let's find out what Storm is up to.

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QUACK QUACK

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Now, I've been told that this farm in Nottinghamshire grows

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lots of lovely orange-coloured vegetables.

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But I haven't seen any.

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All I've seen is lots of fields and tractors, and lots and lots of hay.

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I think the vegetables must be hiding.

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There they are.

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And this is Joe. He's the carrot farmer.

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Over the winter months, Joe and his team hide all the carrots

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under a layer of plastic and lovely warm hay -

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just like a sleeping bag -

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so that the carrots are kept cosy and warm,

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and they're ready to be picked in spring.

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So, today, I'm going for a ride in this big tractor

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called a harvester to pick the carrots.

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It scoops up all the carrots and shakes off the dirt.

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And then they're put in this trailer,

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ready to be sent for packing.

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Joe, that was amazing.

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I can't believe how fast we've picked all those carrots.

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These machines do make it much easier for us,

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but we still need to know what the quality's like,

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which means you have to pick some by hand.

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Don't worry, I've got some helpers over there,

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but you may get your hands dirty.

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All right. Let's go help.

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-Hi, guys. So, this is where the carrots are all hiding.

-ALL:

-Yeah.

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-What are you doing?

-Picking them up.

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You're picking them up. Can you show me how it's done?

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So, we dig in our trowel and lift up the carrots...

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like that.

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-Storm, look what I found.

-That's huge!

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What's the biggest carrot you've ever picked?

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Probably this one.

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These carrots are called Chantenay carrots,

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and they're usually very small.

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But, as you can see,

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carrots can grow into lots of different shapes and sizes.

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OK, I think we've got enough carrots now.

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Who's going to help me carry the crates?

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-ALL:

-Me! Yeah!

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Now it's time to head back to the farm to see what we have found.

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So, we've collected all our carrots, and we've washed them,

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and now it's time to sort them by size.

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-So, do you want to help me?

-ALL:

-Yeah!

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So, we need to find out which carrot fits in which of these holes.

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Shall we have a go?

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It's our job to post the small carrots in the small holes,

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and the big ones in the big holes,

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so that they're separated ready for the supermarket.

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After all that work, I think we deserve a treat.

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Anyone fancy some carrot cake?

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-ALL:

-Yeah!

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And while we tuck in,

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why don't you find out what else happens in spring?

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The warming sun and lengthening days of spring offer plants

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and creatures a chance to grow and make new life.

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But they need to get their timing right.

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Most frogs lay frogspawn in late winter,

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so that their wriggly tadpoles are ready to feed on green algae

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when it blooms in ponds at the start of spring.

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This bee has laid her eggs early in spring.

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She has an orchard full of pear blossom,

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and a great chance to collect lots of nectar and pollen

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for her young to feed on when they hatch.

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Baby birds need lots of food.

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These blue tit chicks hatch at the same time

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as millions of caterpillars emerge from the buds of oak leaves.

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Fat juicy caterpillars are exactly what blue tit chicks need

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to help them grow bigger and stronger.

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It can be hard to get your timing right

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when you're relying on the changeable weather.

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That's why lots of farmers plant new crops under polytunnels at this

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time of year - to protect them from late frosts and too much rain.

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Spring is a time of hope, in nature and for many of us,

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and we certainly hope for good weather when the time comes

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to celebrate the season and enjoy the spring bank holidays.

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BUZZING

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Today, I'm very excited. I'm visiting a local farmers' market.

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It's a bit like going to the supermarket, except that it's

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outside and everything's made by the local farmers.

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I've got my list. I've got my bag. Now let's see what we can find.

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This is the Spring Farmers' Market in Wye, in Kent.

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Kent has lots of farms which grow fruit and vegetables.

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And, today, some local children have come down to the market to

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help me find what I need.

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-Hi, guys. How you doing?

-Good.

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Do you guys like vegetables?

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-Yes.

-Kind of.

-"Yes" and "kind of".

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OK, well, what are your favourite vegetables?

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-Carrots.

-Cabbages.

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You think you'd be able to find me some?

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-Yeah.

-Yeah.

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Oh, we've got some cabbage. There we go. And some carrots.

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Well, thanks, guys. I've got my vegetables.

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-And hopefully I'll see you soon.

-Bye.

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There are lots of things to taste before you buy.

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There are pies,

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and crabs,

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and strawberry jam.

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And look - home-made sausages.

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-Do you mind if we try some?

-Yeah, sure, guys. Go ahead.

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Come on, then, boys, let's try these tomato and basil ones.

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That's nice, isn't it, boys? Mmm.

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But I'm saving my money for my favourite - the cheese stall.

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-Hi, guys.

-BOTH:

-Hi.

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Who here likes cheese?

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And what kind of cheese do you like?

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-Cheddar cheese.

-Cheddar?

-Cheddar.

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OK, well, I love all kinds of cheese.

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So, do you think you could find me some cheese for my shopping list?

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-Yeah.

-This one?

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Well, I'll take a piece of your chilli cheese, then, please.

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Of course, sir. That one there would be...£3.60.

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Thank you very much.

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All right, guys, well...I'll see you soon. Bye.

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-BOTH:

-Bye!

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Well, I've had a lovely day here at the farmers' market.

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I've got my sausages, I've got my cheese.

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I even got some vegetables, and LOTS of other things.

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So, while I go and make some lunch, why don't you enjoy our spring poem?

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CLUCK CLUCK

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Wake up, sleepy bunnies

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The day is bright and new

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The spring sunshine is in the sky

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There's lots of things to do

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Eat up, hungry bunnies

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It's time for tasty lunch

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Springtime brings new grass and food

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for you to munch and crunch...

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Stay warm, fluffy bunnies,

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It's still chilly outside

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Your coat will keep you nice and warm

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So you don't have to hide

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Jumping playful bunnies

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You bounce and hop and run

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Out in the fields and round the farm

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It looks like such great fun.

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OINK OINK

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SPLAT

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Mi encantan tus animalitos.

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Did you get that?

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I'm trying to learn Spanish for today's special guests,

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and I've heard that they're friendly,

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fleecy, and from a country

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in South America called Peru, where they speak Spanish.

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Donde estan los animales?

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That means, "Where are the animals?"

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Oh, look. There they are!

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These are alpacas.

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Boy alpacas are called macho, which means male in Spanish.

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And girl alpacas are called hembra, which means female in Spanish.

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And today I'm visiting this very special farm that has

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lots of alpacas.

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I wonder how I can help out.

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-Hi, Vicki.

-Hi, JB.

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Well, this is a big herd of alpacas.

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-Yes, we've got about 96 alpacas and four llamas on the farm.

-Wow.

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And is it true that they speak Spanish?

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Because I've been trying to learn.

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Oh, I'm afraid I've only taught them English.

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Oh, no.

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So, who have we got here, then?

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Well, this is our babies' group from last year.

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We have another 30 babies due this year.

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And have they had breakfast already?

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No, we're about to feed them Would you like to give me a hand?

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-I'd love to.

-Great.

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Vicki breeds alpacas on her farm,

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and uses their soft fleece coats to make hats and scarves

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later in the season,

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just like these cool hats and scarves.

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Alpacas are herbivores. That means they eat grass and hay.

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Today, we're feeding them special alpaca food.

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Well, Vicki, these are super-cute.

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How come some of them have really fluffy fleeces?

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Well, the fluffy-fleeced alpacas -

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they've got more of a teddy bear appearance.

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-They're called Huacaya alpacas.

-OK.

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And the ones with the ringleted fleeces are called Suri alpacas.

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Cool.

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And is there anything else that I can do on the farm today?

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Well, all of these babies are weaned now,

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so they're all ready to be halter-trained. So, if you want

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-to give me a hand halter-training, that'd be fantastic.

-Definitely.

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-They're very hungry, aren't they?

-They're very greedy.

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Vicki trains all her alpacas to use a halter like this one.

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This gets them used to humans so they won't be scared.

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Baby alpacas are called crias, which is Spanish for baby animal.

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And today we're going to take them for a walk around the farm.

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My new friend is called Faro.

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Good boy, Faro.

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Well done, Faro.

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Thank you, Vicki, so much for showing me your alpaca farm.

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Thanks for coming along. It's been great having you here today.

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And while I grab a few more cuddles with Faro,

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why don't you find out what else happens in spring?

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CLUCK CLUCK

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BEEP BEEP

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Have you ever seen a building like this before?

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Do you know what it is?

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It's a flour mill, where we take wheat

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and turn it into flour which people can use for baking.

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This is Michael, and he works in this flour mill.

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It's a special kind of flour mill,

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because it gets its power from this stream.

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Michael's going to show us how.

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Every month, local farmers bring trailers

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full of their harvested wheat grain.

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The wheat grain needs to be kept dry

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so that it stays fresh for being milled,

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so Michael keeps it in these big concrete bins called silos.

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So, this is the grain we've just had delivered.

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It's come straight off the field,

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so it still has a few bits of husk and straw in it.

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This goes through the grain-cleaning machine to

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remove those unwanted pieces.

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All the grain that we had delivered earlier

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by tractor and trailer is coming from the grain silo

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and it goes into the grain-cleaning machine, which has a sucker on it

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to suck all the dust out,

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and a shaker that shakes a sieve that removes all the straw.

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The wheat then goes to the mill for grinding into flour.

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So, inside these big plastic tubs are the millstones.

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These are very big and very heavy.

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The top one is going round, and the wheat goes in the middle

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and gets ground into the flour.

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The millstream is feeding the waterwheel which is going round.

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This is making the belts in the mill go round,

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which makes the millstones go round,

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which grinds the wheat into the flour.

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So, this is the freshly ground, healthy wholemeal flour.

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Michael then delivers his flour to shops

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and businesses, like this bakery, where they use the flour to

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make dough to bake tasty food like bread,

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cakes,

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and pastries.

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Yummy.

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QUACK QUACK

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Storm and I have had a brilliant time,

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and we hope you've enjoyed it too.

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You can check out even more great things from Down On The Farm

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on the CBeebies website.

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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 visits a family farm and learns how carrots are harvested. JB heads to a spring farmers' market and sees all the seasonal produce. JB also discovers how alpacas provide wool, just like a sheep, and gets to take one for a walk. Storm shares a new spring poem and we find out how flour is made from wheat.


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