Over 30 Swansea schoolchildren enjoyed a visit to a Glamorgan dairy farm in a collaboration between Tesco and FACE.
The children, from Blaen-y-Maes Primary School in Swansea, visited Ty Tanglwyst Farm near Pyle, Bridgend, a traditional family dairy farm. Tesco funded the visit and even provided wellies for children who didn’t have their own.
Rhys Lougher, whose family has been at Ty Tanglwyst for many generations, enjoys talking to children about how he feeds and milks his pedigree Holstein cows, bottles milk on the farm and sells it locally.
Rhys said: "It's important for farmers to meet the public and show them where their food comes from. We've been having visits from local schools for a while, and it's great that funding from Tesco has allowed city children to visit us as well."
Enfys Fox Local Marketing Manager for Tesco in Wales said: "Tesco are delighted to support the farm visits because it gives the school children an opportunity to have a break from the classroom and get into the countryside. They can see first hand the processes of milk production and how milk gets to our supermarket shelves in Tesco stores here in Wales."
Highlights of the visit for the children, who were aged 7-9 years, were meeting a five-day-old calf and enjoying the calm atmosphere of the cowshed. It supported school work on Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship, showing the food chain from the cow to the customer.
The visit was coordinated by FACE Cymru, part of FACE (Farming and Countryside Education), as part of its work to make links between schools and farms around Wales.
Jane Powell, Wales Education Coordinator for FACE said: “A farm visit provides an opportunity for children to learn in an outdoor environment quite different from school, and also to learn how their food is produced and how the countryside is managed.”