Not only are ThatsFarming helping the farming community, but we are also helping enhance the educations of students!
A Leaving Certificate agricultural science class, in Coláiste Phobal Roscrea Co.Tipperary, have used a Snapchat story to help the students learn more about the pig industry. You may all remember the classic Shane McAuliffe, the secretary IFA pigs committee, from late last year, where Shane showed us around the pig housing facilities on his Truly Irish farms in Castleisland Co. Kerry.
Throughout the day, Shane provided updates on what is different about their housing facilities, how they look to improve conditions for the animals as well as looking after their mental health. Shane showed us toys, used to cheer pigs up, how pigs of different ages are housed and the importance of hygiene and biosecurity, whilst in a pig housing facility.
The day was finished off with Shane telling us the importance of supporting local Irish farmers, especially in the pig industry. Such was the popularity of the story, ThatsFarming were contacted by the above-mentioned school, so their AG science class could learn collectively from the Snapchat story and learn they did!
One student, Neil Maher, reached out to us at ThatsFarming, to ask if they could use the Snapchat story to help with their studies.
“We are doing things on pigs at the minute and there is not much online to do with Irish pig farming,” said student Neil Maher to Kevin of ThatsFarming.com.
“It was great to see in front of you a fully functional farm...We got a half an hour off as well to watch it”, he added.
Neil told us that because many of the students were living in towns, some had never seen the story before.
“There is a fairly even split of ‘culchies’ and ‘townies’ in our class. The lads from the town found it great to see it and they wouldn’t have seen it before.” he said.
“A good few of the country people would have seen the Snapchat though,” he added.
“The lads from the town were delighted to get to see it,” he said.
Neil said although there might not yet be any who have definitely decided on a career in the pig sector, though he says you just never know.
“It wouldn’t (pig farming) be the done thing around here, but there is a good few of us in the class and you wouldn’t know what any of us would end up doing,” he said.
“It is interesting to see the different types of farming anyway, especially ones which wouldn’t be done around here,” he added.
“We see the trucks of pigs going into the factory every week, but we don’t know where they are coming from,” said Neil.
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Willie Smyth, who is the teacher of the agricultural science class, said the video was of great help to his class.
“The video itself is excellent, it ticked a lot of the boxes,” said Willie.
“It covered all the aspects, such as hygiene and biosecurity, feeding and the whole cycle. It was excellent,” he stated.
Willie said that using the video in the classroom to show the pig production process, was on par with the class going on a farm visit.
“It was almost like a farm visit for us. We were delighted, well I was delighted anyway”, said Mr Smyth.
“It is hard to get something that covers the whole cycle...some of the figures featured in it were mind-blowing in a sense,” he said.
“It was excellent, anything like that is a great help.It was a real story, which made it more authentic. Its the job,” he added.
There you have it, not only are we helping the farming community, but we are also helping make the lives of Ag Science teachers and students a lot easier.
Have you seen the ‘famous’ Snapchat story, if not, check out the link below! Could help you out this coming June!!