This power point presentation is made by Chris Vandergriff. He grew up in northern Michigan near the Pharo farm. He got married on the Pharo farm to Jessica Pharo on June 1, 2007. He is currently attending Grand Valley State University with the intention of becoming a high school science teacher.
Lambing is a very busy time of year on the farm. Lambing is when the mother sheep (ewes) have babies (lambs). The farmer has to watch over the sheep very carefully at this time to make sure that all the lambs stay safe and healthy. During this time, the ewes are kept close to the barn or inside the barn.
Food is the primary use for sheep. There are lots of different things that we eat that come from sheep. Lamb chops is very common. The horns, hooves, and bones are ingredients in marshmallows, ice cream, jello, and yogurt. There are also many other non food items that are made from sheep.
Sheep have wool that covers their bodies to keep them warm in the winter. During the summer time, many farmers have the sheep sheared to help keep them cool and to harvest the wool. Wool is used to make many types of clothing and blankets.
The Pharo cattle herd consists of steers (castrated males) and heifers (females that have not had babies). The herd contains around 10 head of cattle. These cattle are bought when they are not yet 1 year old and butchered when they are around 2 years old. These cattle provide the primary meat for the Pharo family.
Another common animal that you will see around the Pharo farm are chickens. There are roosters (males) and hens (females). In the spring and summer, often times there are chicks (babies). On the farm there is only one rooster. He is the only one that crows.
Hens lay eggs, which are collected for people to eat. The chickens that live on farms most often lay brown eggs. The other chickens most often lay white eggs. There are a few hens that lay green or pink eggs. Chickens are also used for meat.
One of the uses for cats is to keep the rodent population down. The rodents get into lots of things such as the bags of grain and other feed for the animals. This is very destructive, so the cats have the job of killing the rodents. The cats are also pets.
Introduction Index Authors Page Tour of the Pharo Farm Animal Care Meet the Farmer Feed Horses Sheep Lambing Dogs Uses for Sheep Food Wool Cattle Uses for Cattle Food Leather Chickens Uses for Chickens Cats Uses for Cats Uses for Horses Resources Web page Video Clip Quit Index