Finally I can say that I have been to the UK and I did it in a day! Uh-huh, oh-yah, doing a crazy little dance of jubilee here.
This is when you’d eye ball all the photos on this blog post and further conclude that the seven2sevenmom has gone mad because you have not spotted any English football club players, the Windsor Castle nor the famous London Bridge here.
Make no mistake; I was at UK no doubt, but a different UK that exists in Malaysia. That’s right. I have whisked the kids along to a goat cum agricultural farm called the UK Farm that is located in the southern state of Johor, Malaysia.
This is essentially a farm away from the hustle and bustle of the city boasting a sprawling 100 acres of grazing land for 4000 sheep, supported by the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry of Malaysia. Its sheer size of organised modern farming facilities makes it quite well-known as being Malaysia’s largest goat and sheep farm.
We have joined my older brother and his family for a school holiday’s day trip organised by a local school’s PIBG group (parents-teachers group).
One feels that much more enlightened about modern day farm practices after the trip which included a comprehensive tour of the entire resort comprising a goat/sheep farm, ostrich park, agricultural farm, tropical garden and a visit to the Orang Asli (the indigenous people) habitat.
UK Farm uses one of the most modern farming techniques based on the ecology principles in its goat and sheep rearing. For example, we learned that some of the leftover produce or crop wastes from their passion fruits farm are recycled into hays and feeds for the sheep and goats.
The story of how this whole goat farm came about was one of an impressive fatherly love. The owner apparently started thinking of fresh goat milk supply when his children couldn’t take in cow milk or related diary products. From being a consumer, he started thinking of providing the same quality goat milk to the other people through sustainable farming techniques. And so, the rest as they said, is history.
Our happiest little people who are all city kids were thrilled to participate in all of the activities planned for them, from the visit to the sheep pens, feeding the little lambs to seeing first-hand how goat milk is processed, tasting of fresh goat milk and ice cream and getting up close and personal with Ostrich. I am still not quite seeing my little people having an illustrious career in farming but I am feeling a lot more hopeful after the trip!
The entire self-sustaining farm resort feels airy despite the hot weather because mini buses are provided to transport visitors from one attraction to the other.
There are also much to do and enjoy here for the grownups and kids alike. Of course, if you were not a fan of goats, sheep or any animals for that matter, then the other agricultural attractions including the tropical arcade, the mushroom farm and a mini vegetable farm may just be the thing that will awake a keen sense of farming curiosity in you.
With over 20 kids in tow, our group ended the day’s visit strolling through its Mini Zoo where a wide variety of small cute animals such as rabbits, peacocks, chickens, hedgehog, ducks, and geese just made all the city kiddos brimming with big smiles.
This definitely goes down our memory lane as one of the best day trips that brings together education and fun activities for a memorable, afforable and family-friendly experience right here in Malaysia.