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Warrook Farm in Monomeith

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Hands on farm experience

The G family were invited to Warrook Farm to try our hands at a little dairy and sheep farming.

Warrook Farm was first established 130 years ago. We took a step back in time to a world before video games and TV. With a vast array of friendly animals that all love the attention, we bought some food (on sale at the farm for $2 a bag) to feed the hand-reared, super friendly kangaroos.

We were booked onto one of the daily tours around the farm. Danny collected us in trailer, which Miss 3 was delighted about.

Our first stop was the dairy farm where we fed 4 month old calves with bottles of milk.

After a short tutorial we all took a turn at milking a cow. Miss 3 was fascinated to see milk coming from a cow rather than a carton from the fridge.

Our second stop was the shearing shed. Danny explained to us the different methods of sheep shearing and how it has evolved in time, before giving us a demonstration. Miss 3 loved watching the sheep get a hair cut!

On our third stop, we were greeted by the sheep dog called Rocky. Rocky took great delight in demonstrating to us his sheep hearding skills. However, I think Rocky's favourite part was getting all the petting and cuddles from all of us!

Our final demonstration was back at the start. Danny literally cracked the whip in front of us. It takes an exceptional amout of skill and power for whip cracking to be done be currently. Though Miss 3 did give it her best shot, she quite couldn't master the art as well as Danny. She recived 10 out of 10 for effort though.

There were some amazing smells of home cooked dinners coming from the kitchen. On this occasion we didn't stay to try the food as we had taken our own picnic, though there is an option to purchase lunch in the restaurant with one of the admission packages.

The Warrook Farm tour is a brilliant way to demonstrate to children where their milk and wool comes from. Now when Miss 3 sings Old McDonald had a cow on his farm, she know exactly what he was doing!

Small Ideas members are entitled to one free child admission with a full paying adult. Or purchase a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) for $49.

Where: Warrook Farm, 4170 S Gippsland Hwy, Monomeith VIC

When: Open Daily 10am till 4pm with farm tours running at 11am and 1pm everyday. (Farm tour last around 1 hour)

Web: www.warrook.com.au

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