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Farm Cats and Robots

Preschool series about farms. Storm visits a farm with unusual helpers - robots! She also helps look after donkeys, and we learn about glass recycling.


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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 barns

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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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COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO!

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

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In winter, there isn't much grass for cows,

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so we make sure they have plenty to eat.

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While I get food for the cows here, let's see what Storm is up to.

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This is farmer Ben.

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He has over 200 cows on his farm.

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And I'm going to help him today.

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-Hi, Ben.

-Morning, Storm.

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Thank you, but I thought I was here to help with the cows.

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-We've got robots helping us with the cows.

-Robots?

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That sounds amazing!

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Yes, they do lots of things like milking and feeding.

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I can see from my phone if anything needs doing.

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-Some cows need milking now.

-Well, we better go.

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Well, I am all ready to help out with some milking.

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There's no need, the robot does all the milking work for us.

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I may as well take these off then.

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When a cow is ready to be milked, it walks into the milking machine

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and the robot's arm swings underneath it.

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Lasers help the robot find where to put each of the milking tubes,

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and the robot milks the cow.

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It must be really helpful to have all these robots around?

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Yes, we don't have to get up so early and we have lots more time.

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What do you do with your spare time?

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We spend it checking on the cows, feeding them and bedding them down.

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Ben puts silage down for the cows to eat every day.

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This is where we feed the cows. Sometimes it can get quite messy.

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-I'm happy to help clean it up.

-There's no need.

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We have a robot to do that. It's a silage pusher.

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Here it comes now.

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Now, THAT is clever.

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So how does it work?

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It's been programmed where to go, and as it moves,

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the bottom spins around and pushes the feed closer to the cows.

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-Does it not bump into anything?

-No, it has a sensor on top,

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so it knows if it's going to hit anything and stops.

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I used to use a tractor to do this job, now the robot does it for me.

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Another sensor can tell when

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the robot has reached the end of the route.

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Then it returns home and recharges its batteries.

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So, you've got robots to help milk the cows and feed the cows,

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you must have robots to help you clean up all this poo?

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-Not yet, I'm afraid, Storm. That's where you can help me.

-Thanks.

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Yuck!

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Now, let's find out what ducks do at this time of year.

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Winter can be the best time of year to see wild ducks.

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Lots of different breeds arrive from colder parts of Europe

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to find food, joining ducks that live here all year round.

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The male ducks, called drakes,

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have their smartest feathers at this time of year.

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They can be seen showing off to the females,

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displaying their colours and calling noisily.

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If you see a duck bobbing about in the water,

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with its tail in the air, it's a type of dabbling duck.

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These ducks dabble around near the surface of the water

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to find weeds to eat.

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Mallards like this one are dabblers.

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Others, like these tufted ducks dive right down to the bottom to feed.

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Diving ducks can spend a long time underwater searching

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for small creatures to eat, like pond snails.

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Of course, water can freeze over in winter,

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making it hard for ducks to collect food.

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If this happens, they will search for holes in the ice

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or fly off to find somewhere warmer.

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Today, I'm in Wales to help look after some donkeys,

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and I'm really excited, because I haven't met many before.

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Jess and her helpers are looking after the donkeys today.

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-Hi, everyone. ALL:

-Hi, Storm!

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-So, who do we have here? ALL:

-Donkeys!

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This is Arthur.

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This one's called Millen.

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The black and white one is Madoc.

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This is Coco.

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There's lots to do to keep them healthy in winter.

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Let's get to work.

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First, we've got to groom the donkeys.

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So, why do we have to brush the donkeys?

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To get rid of mud and dirt.

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-And so they look nice and clean and tidy.

-Yes.

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His coat is really thick.

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Their coats aren't waterproof, so in winter,

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they stay inside the stables to keep warm and dry.

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There we go, all clean and tidied. So, what's next?

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Now we are going to go and pick Coco's hooves.

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We have to check the donkey's hooves every day in winter.

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Why do you do that?

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To make sure there's nothing in the hooves to make it sore.

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-What do you think Jess looks for?

-Rocks and stones.

-Mud.

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Donkey smelly poo.

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Jess carefully scrapes away any mud or stones

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from each of Coco's hooves.

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I use a special tool to pick out the donkeys' hooves.

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It doesn't hurt them.

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Now we know their feet are healthy,

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-we can take some of the donkeys for a walk.

-Let's go!

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It's Coco and Arthur's turn today.

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The donkeys are walked like this to make sure they get plenty

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of exercise in the winter months

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when they spend a lot of time inside.

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And then once the donkeys have stretched their legs,

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it's back to the shelter.

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Well, I've had an amazing day helping to look after these donkeys.

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-What about you guys? ALL:

-Yes!

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Now, it's time for a frosty winter poem.

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The night is cold

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The sky is clear

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As if by magic, frost appears

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A dazzling layer of crystals fair

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Their spikes of ice freeze in the air

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All it touches turns to white

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It glitters in the morning light

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Like the finest crust of fairy dust

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I wish it would stay, but melt it must.

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MEOW

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Lots of animals help farmers.

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Horses pull trailers and dogs round up sheep.

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Today, I've come to meet farmer Carol

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and the cats that help on her farm.

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-Hi, everyone.

-Hi, JB.

-I hear you have some really helpful cats.

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Yes, we do. We have nine cats on the farm.

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They live outside and inside the barns

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and they have a very important job.

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-And what do they do?

-They catch mice.

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The mice on the farm eat the other animals' food,

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and we have to stop them.

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The cats help us by catching or scaring them away.

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These cats aren't pets, but Carol and her helpers do

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-give them some food to eat.

-It's feeding time now.

-Sounds good.

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This cat is a feral cat.

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He was born without a home or anyone to look after him.

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He was rescued and brought here to keep him safe.

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Today, we have two new rescue cats coming to the farm.

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-Can you help us get everything ready for them?

-Absolutely.

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When the cats first arrive, they stay in a pen inside a barn.

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This helps them to settle in before they meet the other cats outside.

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-It's safe and warm in here.

-Is there anything else they need?

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-Water and bedding.

-That's right.

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This straw keeps the pen warm and dry.

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And the cats will have a cosy place to sleep.

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There's some water to drink, too.

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-Is that everything?

-Yes, and the cats are about to arrive.

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Great, I'll go and meet them.

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This is Hayley. She rescues feral cats and finds new homes for them.

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-Hi, Hayley.

-Hi, JB.

-Well, we've got everything ready for these two.

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Great, let's get them inside.

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OK, guys, we've got the cats.

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So, we need to be nice and quiet so we don't scare them.

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Oh, look, he's popped straight into his new bed.

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Hayley, how long before they can start looking for mice?

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About two weeks, once they are used to the farm.

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We'd better leave them to settle in.

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Now, here are some tips for when you are outdoors

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in the darker winter days.

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It's fun to play outdoors and go for walks.

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In winter, it gets dark early, so make sure you can be seen.

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Wear bright clothes

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and take a torch when you're out and about.

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Lots of people put glass in the recycling bin,

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but what happens to it next?

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Today, we're at a glass waste plant to find out...

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..and to show us around is Ryan.

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The glass is brought here in big recycling lorries

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and put onto a long conveyor belt.

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The first steps in the glass recycling process is

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to remove rubbish which is not made from glass and we do this by hand.

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Next, special machines remove smaller bits of rubbish,

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then the glass is dried in a big dryer ready for separating.

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The glass is sorted into three colours...

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..clear...

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..brown...

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..and green.

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Once the glass has been through all of our machines,

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we end up with this. This is called cullet.

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It now goes away to another factory to be remade into new glass bottles.

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At the glass factory, the cullet is melted together

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with other materials, in a big furnace.

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The melted glass is cut into small pieces called gobs.

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Each gob has exactly the right amount of glass to make one bottle.

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They are dropped into moulds and blown into shape using air,

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just like blowing up a balloon.

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The new bottles are reheated and cooled down slowly.

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This makes them really strong.

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The bottles are sprayed with a protective coating.

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Finally, after being checked, the bottles are ready to be used.

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If they're not good enough,

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they are melted again and made into new bottles.

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That's what makes glass a real recycling superhero,

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because it can be recycled over and over again.

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MOO!

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Storm and I have had a great time on the farm today.

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If you want to have fun with your own farm,

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go to the CBeebies website to play the Down On The Farm game.

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See you next time. Bye!

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Moo!

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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 barns

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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 visits a farmer who has some very unusual helpers on his farm - robots! JB meets two cats who are moving from the city to the countryside to live on a farm. Some children in Wales show Storm how to look after donkeys in the winter, and we discover why glass is a recycling superhero. Finally, JB shares a frosty winter poem.