Un­wind with a day on the farm

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By TAO LIN

City slick­ers are be­ing en­cour­aged to es­cape to the coun­try­side for a day of games, ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties and farm an­i­mals.

Am­bury Park Farm is host­ing its 25th an­nual farm day on Oc­to­ber 6 and park ranger Janine Nille­sen says as well as the usual farm an­i­mals, vis­i­tors will get to see a new lit­ter of piglets and 24 pet lambs.

The crowds that turned out for last year’s Am­bury Farm Day smashed all pre­vi­ous records.

An im­pres­sive 38,000 Auck­lan­ders headed to the farm park at Man­gere for a free day of farm-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties, demon­stra­tions and en­ter­tain­ment, or­gan­ised by Auck­land Coun­cil.

This year peo­ple can also take part in sack rac­ing, horse shoe throw­ing, hay rolling, trac­tor races, pony rides, but­ter and cheese mak­ing and guess­ing the weight of the bull. Sheep shear­ing, cow milk­ing, wood chop­ping and live mu­sic en­ter­tain­ment will also be on show.

Ms Nille­sen says this year’s event will also fea­ture a big dif­fer­ence – it will be a zero waste event.

That means rub­bish will be sorted into three dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories: Waste, or­gan­ics and re­cy­clables, with ef­forts be­ing made to di­vert re­cy­clables from the land­fill.

The event will run rain or shine so Ms Nille­sen says peo­ple should ‘‘be pre­pared for the weather and bring your gum­boots’’.

En­try and carpark­ing free.

Vis­i­tors can also catch a bus shut­tle from Otahuhu train sta­tion for $1 or cy­cle there.

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Feed­ing time: Mr Big the goat wel­comes, from left, Gabriel Abba, 2, Rios Hey, 2, and Cameron Abba, 4, to his pad­dock.

Pho­tos: TAO LIN

Milk­ing demo: Park ranger Janine Nille­sen says one of the many ac­tiv­i­ties that vis­i­tors can do at the Am­bury farm day is watch how cows like Pritti get milked.

Cu­ri­ous: Calves at Am­bury farm are cu­ri­ous but re­laxed about vis­i­tors com­ing to pet and feed them in their pad­dock.

Up close: New pet lambs at Am­bury farm park rush to greet young vis­i­tors such as two-year-old Ja­cob Robert­son.

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