Last week we visited Hay's Dairy Farm to investigate how Goat's milk is produced and reaches our tables.
Mr. Hay Jr welcomed us and showed us how the goats are milked. The goats arrived in a very orderly manner and line up to be milked. The udders are cleaned and attached to the milking machines.
The milk travels through a pipe into a drum and then through an outlet pipe goes into a room to be pasteurised. We couldn't see the room as Mr Hay explained visitors are not allowed there due to health and hygiene regulations.
We learned that female goats give milk only after they have a baby. A female goat is called a doe and a baby goat, a kid. They are fed vitamin-rich food pellets and alfa-alfa grass which is imported from the United States.
After a quick snack, we went to see the goats in their pens.
This was the fun part when we got to touch the goats and feed them alfa-alfa grass.
Conversations deepen understanding.
We had many questions for Mr. Hay Sr who patiently answered them.
Why are the goats in pens?
Although free-range grazing is desirable, land is scarce in Singapore so there is no grazing land available, Keeping them in pens also helps to keep diseases away and it's easier to manage them.
Why do you remove the horns of female goats? It's sad.
This has to be done to protect the pregnant mums from injuring each other in confined spaces.
What happens to the milk in the room?
It goes through the process of pasteurisation and then bottled to be sent to stores.
Why do people drink goat's milk?
Goats milk is good for those who cannot drink cow's milk. It is also rich in minerals.
It has to be consumed soon after you buy it as it can get spoilt in the heat.
How does it get to the supermarket?
It is loaded into a refrigerated van and sent to various places.
Thank you Mr Hay!
We saw the milk being loaded into the van to be taken to the stores.
Later, we drew flow charts showing the journey of goats milk.
YOU LEARN SO MUCH ON A FIELD TRIP!!
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