School: Baile na Sagart, Lios Mór

Feagarrid, Co. Waterford
G. Armstong

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The Care of Our Farm Animals

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0636, Page 139

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The animals kept in our farm are, horses, cows, calves, sheep and pigs.
The following are the names of our cows, The Dexter, the Magpie, the Grey Heifer, the White Heifer, the Kerry Cow, Wiley, the Big Brown Cow, Allen and the Kerry Heifer.
When I am driving the cows in or out of the field I say, "How, How, How."
When I am calling the calves I say, "Sook, Sook, Sook."
When I am calling the hens I say, "Duk, Duk, Duk."
When I am calling the sheep I say, Ua, Ua, Ua."
When I am calling the pigs I say, "Boc, Boc, Boc."
The call for the horses is, "pre, Pre, Pre,"
The cow house is a very long house, with stakes driven in the north side of it and chains tied to each stake with spring tryings in the chains. When the cows are in they tie the chains around the cows necks.
The stable is not a very big house, there is a division made between (between) each horse with wood. There is a manger in it to put hay into it for the horses to eat it.
My father cuts furze and rushes as bedding for the horses. The horses are clipped once a year with a clipping machine.
When my mother is getting hatching eggs

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Mr Thomas Fennessy
Ballysaggart More, Co. Waterford