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Last Updated: Wednesday June 17 2009 04:57 GMT

I took part in Open Farm Sunday

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Press Packer Naomi lives on a farm which opened its doors to the public as part of Open Farm Sunday.

Here's her report:


"I live on a farm near Norfolk, but one Sunday was different because it was Open Farm Sunday.

We had to get up early in the morning to be in the farmyard for about 9am.

Busy day

There was a lot of preparation to do, like feeding the calves and moving them to viewing pens and setting the machinery up so people could go inside and get up close to have a look.

My friend and I had to help our mums set up the stall for the refreshments. We also had to sweep up the farm to make it nice and clean for all of the visitors.

The car park was very important for the day so we had to put signs up so everyone knew where to go and it was well organised with people to run the car park.

Naomi on the farm
Naomi on the farm

The last thing that had to be done was to get everyone set up like the baker, the brewer, the vet and the ice cream makers. I introduced them to everyone and made sure they felt comfortable for the day ahead.

Sheep shearing

At 11.30am it really started to kick off and although the weather was really bad, everyone was still enjoying themselves.

The cakes we had made went down fairly quickly and we had some really nice compliments from people about them.

At 12 noon it was time for the sheep shearing, everyone loved watching the sheep being sheared!

At one point three sheep escaped from the pen! So some farmers, helpers and my dad had to round them up and put them back in the pen.

Lots of other things were happening, like scanning the cow's tummies to see their babies and there were ferrets, chicks and chickens and baby pheasants too.

Tiring but fun

I had a really good day but was exhausted.

I felt good though because everyone enjoyed it and could see what we do every day on the farm. At the end of the day we found out that we had 750 people visit us this year which was great!

Naomi, 10, Harleston, England


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