Animals

Question:  Do all farms have sheep dogs?  Grace – Good Sheppard School
Answer: No, not all farms have sheep dogs. Although some people without sheep on their farm have them as pets.
 


Question:  Why are wolves scared of llamas?  Jason – Louis Riel School
Answer: Not all llamas are effective guard animals, most are very docile.
They are however territorial and the best llamas for guarding purposes would be  ungelded males.
 


Question:  What's it like taking care of the animals at Aggie Days?  Joaquim – St. Thomas More School
Answer: Taking care of the animals at Aggie Days is somewhat similar to looking
after them at home. We must make sure they have food, water and a clean pen to be in.
 


Question:  How can you tell a donkey and a horse apart?  Aisyan – Pitoayis Family School
Answer: Horses are usually larger than donkeys and have different ears and coarser hair. Horses can also run much faster and usuall donkeys are noisier than horses.
 


Question:  How do ducks lay eggs?  Sidney – Bowcroft School
Answer: The egg forms inside the uterus where the egg cell is then covered by a protective coating ( the egg shell ).  When the egg is fully formed the duck will then lay the egg.  Depending on the breed of duck they can lay up to 350 eggs a year.
 


Question:  What is the best type of sheep for food?  Brooke -  Crossfield School
Answer: All sheep are good meat animals.
 


Question:  Is it true hot dogs are made from gross parts of animals like their lips and bums?  Lauren - Grade 4
Animals:  Most hot dogs are made from a variety of meats, chicken, turkey, beef and pork.  In addition to these meats they may also contain flour, eggs and seasonings.  Hot dog ingredients are carefully selected and inspected to insure that they are safe for public comsumption.


 
Question: What do Llamas eat? King George School Grades 1 & 2
Answer: Llamas eat grass and hay and sometimes grain in small amounts.
 


Question: How much wool can you get from a sheep a year? King George School Grades 1 & 2
Answer: A sheep will produce an average of seven kgs of wool per year.
 


Question:  Where do you get your animals?  Ismail - Glamorgan School
Answer:  We buy our animals from other producers and from livestock auction marts.
 


Question: Why do dogs live on farms?  Ian - MidSun Junior High School
Answer: Dogs live on farms for many reasons. They can be used for protection for both people and animals.   Also on some farms dogs are used to herd animals such as cows and sheep and are also there as pets just like in the city. 


  

Question:  Why do we give animals food?  Dennis - MidSun Junior High
Answer:  We give animals food for the same reason people eat.  Farmers take good care of their animals insuring they get good food and all the vitamins and supplements they require.   On our farm, we pasture our cows on grass and feed them hay and some grain during the winter.   They also get salt and minerals to keep them healthy.
 

 
Question:  What kind of work does Joe your dog do on your farm?  Ava - Glamorgan School
Answer:  Joe helps us when we are moving cattle.   She is a Border Collie and that breed of dog has very strong herding instincts. 
 

 
Question:  How do you feed the animals on your farm?  Christine - Glamorgan School
Answer:  The cows are fed round bales with the use of a tractor in the winter time and in the summer are they allowed to free range on grass pasture.
 

 
Question: Are sheep scary or are they nice?  Ian - MidSun Junior High School

Answer:  Sheep are not scary animals at all.   They are very docile and next time you put on a warm sweater you can thank a sheep for giving up his wool for you! 

 


 
Question:  How do you keep your animals safe on the farm?  Spriha - Glamorgan School
Answer:  Our animals are kept fairly close to the farmyard and are surrounded by fences.  We do use donkeys and dogs to help protect them from predators such as coyotes.
 

 

Question: How many animals are on your farm? Tyler - MidSun Junior High School, Ava - Glamorgan School and King George School Grades 1 & 2
Answer: We have over 100 cows with calves, four bulls, three dogs, six cats, four donkeys and a horse on my farm. 


 

Question: How do you get animals on a farm? Liam - MidSun Junior High School

Answer: I would go to a livestock auction or to another producer to buy cattle and then haul them to the farm in a stock trailer which is pulled behind my farm truck.
 

 

Question: How many babies does a rabbit have at a time? St. Mark’s Grade 3 Class
Answer: A rabbit has an average of six babies, but can have as many as twelve at one time.

 

 
Question: Where do the Animals live in the barn?  Dennis - MidSun Junior High
Answer:  On our farm all of our animals live outside.  The only time we bring animals inside is if they are having difficulty at calving time or are sick and need medical attention.   We do have windbreaks and sheds that provide shelter and we put out large amounts of straw bedding to keep them warm during the winter.
  
 
Question: Do you need to buy animals? Lisa - Buchanan School
Answer: Animals need to be purchased for breeding purposes. On my farm we buy young cows for breeding replacements and bulls that may be of a different breed to introduce new genetics into our herd.
 

 
Question:  What is the hardest animal to take care of on your farm? Sean – Glamorgan School
Answer:  On our farm we have cattle, horses, donkeys, dogs and cats.    All animals must be fed and have clean water and bedding. The hardest part is making sure they are taken care of during bad weather.
 

 
Question:  Why do animals wear ear tags?  Olivia – Grade 4 Langdon School
Answer:  On our farm we use two different types of ear tags:   Each cow is assigned a numbered tag as well as a Radio Frequency Identification Tag (RFID). This tag can be read electronically and contains information on where they were born or herd of origin.

  
Question:  What is your favourite animal? Novack – Glamorgan Elementary School
Answer:  I don't really have a favourite animal, I like all of them.
 

 
Question:  How does the meat arrive in the supermarket for us to buy? Bruce – Glamorgan Elementary School
Answer:  Animals are sent to be processed and inspected before the meat is shipped to your local supermarket for purchase.  The meat is sent in refrigerated trailers to prevent any spoilage and keep it fresh.
 

  
Question:  Is milking goats easy?  Is it like milking a cow?  Regan – Glamorgan Elementary School
Answer:  Milking goats is similar to milking cows, and also requires a certain technique that is perfected through a lot of practice.
 

  
Question:  What animals live on a farm?    Marwa – Calgary Islamic School
Answer:  There are many different animals that can live a farm.   Some farms have:  pigs, cows, chickens, turkeys, horses, goats, donkeys, sheep, llamas, alpacas, bison, elk, ducks, and geese.
 

 
Question:  Does anyone farm goats for food here in Alberta?  Bow Valley College - ESL Literacy Students
Answer:  There are several people who raise goats in Alberta.   Please let me know if you would like to contact a goat farmer to discuss this further.
 

 
Question: How long does a lamb's hair grow? St. Mark’s Grade 3 Class
Answer:  A lamb's hair or wool usually grows about 10 centimetres and then the sheep is sheared for the wool. The sheep will be shorn many more times in its lifetime.
 


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