What's happening in March at the Canada Agriculture Museum
The Canada Agriculture Museum launches a new spring season with its annual Barnyard Break. Take in a wide variety of demonstrations from Butter Making and Tasting to Cooking with Maple Syrup. What’s more, this March there will be a number of calves in need of naming, so visitors are invited to offer their suggestions. Children can get creative and keep themselves busy with a winter-themed craft. So come learn while enjoying yourself at the Canada Agriculture Museum this March Break and all month long!
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Daily Activities in the Dairy Barn:
All About Milk (10:00)
Discover how a modern milking machine works as well as how this technology has evolved. Using the demonstration milk house along with Millie, our fiberglass cow, a knowledgeable guide will explain where the milk that Canadians drink comes from. Does a milking machine require a great deal of suction? Visitors can see for themselves if they’re curious enough to put their fingers in a functioning teat cup.
Cow Care (1:30)
Most people have a pretty good idea of how to care for a dog or a cat but do many know what it takes to care for a cow? Or for that matter, an entire herd of them? Join a guide to learn about how the cows are cared for at the Museum from the time they are calves until well into their milking lives. Discover new and interesting objects and see if you can figure out how they are used in caring for the dairy cows.
Afternoon Milking (4:00)
The milking of the Museum’s dairy cows takes place twice daily. Over the course of this demonstration, visitors will be impressed by the technologies used in modern dairying as they see the herdspeople milk the entire herd. A Museum guide will be on site to explain the process and to answer questions.
Help Name the Calves (ongoing)
We’re looking for your help in naming some of the new calves! Enter your suggestions in the binder found in the calf section of the dairy barn and, at the beginning of April, come visit again to see if your name idea was selected!
Snack Area (Dairy Barn)
Colouring Activity (Ongoing)
Parents and children alike can take a break from the excitement and colour a farm-themed masterpiece.
Daily Activities in the Small Animal Barn:
Rabbit Care (9:30)
Even though rabbits are usually considered to be pets, they are often raised on farms for their meat and pelts. Visitors will be able to learn interesting details about the life cycle of rabbits and how they are cared for. Additionally, there will be the opportunity to meet and pet one of the resident rabbits.
Meet the Sheep and Goats (10:30)
Ewes, does, rams, bucks, lambs and kids. Which are the sheep and which are the goats? Visitors are invited to learn more about these farm “cousins” and all the products they provide for us from milk to meat to fibres.
Check out the Chickens (2:00)
Come meet the Museum’s chickens and learn about their differences, similarities and why they are raised on a farm. The opportunity to see one up-close and pet one of them may even present itself…
Activities in the Demonstration Kitchen