This year Skip and I attended 'the Royal' on opening day. We saw an advertisement that it was half-price which is what really swayed our decision.
It's easy for us to get there by taking the GO Train all the way to the Exhibition Fairgrounds.
There are always lots of school groups visiting for the day - mostly from the city so the children can see how the animals are cared for and how they get from the farm to their dinner tables. I sat in on a brief cow-milking demonstration where the process was shown from the washing of the teats (to clean them and stimulate them for milking), connecting the milking 'claw' (the 4 tubes that are attached to the teats) device and starting the machine which has a digital readout. The milking claw is connected to a main pipeline where the milk is drawn away into a big storage container. Every other day a big milk truck comes to the farm to empty the container. The cows are milked 2 to 3 times a day and as it is an enjoyable experience for them (relieving the pressure built up by the milk in their udders), they head right to their assigned stall awaiting being connected to the machine.
On the digital readout is a green light and a display of how much milk is being drawn out. Once the machine senses that the udder has been emptied, a red light goes on and the claw automatically releases and is pulled up into the portable milking device which hangs on an overhead cable. The teats are then dipped by the farmer into an iodine solution to sanitize them and also to prevent bacteria from entering the udder. The milking machine is then unhooked from the pipeline and the overhead wire and moved to the next cow. The whole process takes only 5 - 7 minutes.
It was an excellent, concise presentation (10 minutes tops) for the school children (and me). I appreciated being able to actually see how a cow is milked in the 21st Century.
In the vegetable showing area, a record-breaking pumpkin was also on display, weighing in at 1414.6 lb!
a store that sold stitchery supplies that same day.
I'm always on the alert for fibrey displays and in the Northern Ontario area, found the Meadowview Alpaca Farm in from Bruce Mines, ON. They had some lovely hand-dyed alpaca yarn but I resisted the lure to buy anything.