School: Caladh (C.) (roll number 8740)

Callow, Co. Mayo
Bean Uí Éaráin

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The Care of Our Farm Animals

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0126, Page 74

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There are animals living on my farm at home. My father keeps two cows, five calfes, a horse, two asses, three pigs, and a goat. The domestic animals are the dog and cat.
All these animals has names. If the cow is black she is called the black cow, and so on. When the cows are going in damage “hersh is said. When driving them into the barn, “Priggie, priggie is said. Suck, suck is said when calling calves. When calling pigs Hurrais! hurrais! is said, or beoch, beoch. The cowhouse is called the cows' barn, because no animal sleeps in it, but the cows, and calves. Nowadays, animals are tied only by the neck, with roaps or chain.
In former times this was not so, because there were no polly cows and all the cows were tied by the horns. The[re]

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Seán Mac Domhnaill
Cuillonaghtan, Co. Mayo