Visiting a Goshala can be an exhilarating experience. Somewhat similar experience Nithika, Tanvi, Cheranvi and Aadhirai had when they came for a field trip to Organo Bakaram Goshala. They along with their parents visited this desi dairy in Bakaram village on 23rd Apr’22, last Saturday.
OES organised this educational trip for children to help them connect to nature and animals and in turn to their true roots. Mr.Ugandhar N Reddy, our dairy expert speaker, introduced the Goshala concept to the audience. He explained in detail the difference between Desi cows and Western cows and mentioned a lot of identifying features for both. He described the journey of milk from Dairy to their glass of milk at home. He emphasized the advantages of organic milk over pasteurized one and also talked about pure cow milk verses mixed milk which is available readily in Indian market. They also had a short Q & A session with the children and parents about what are the good practices to adopt in today’s scenario to be able to have pure and healthy milk and milk products.
After getting a fair amount of awareness about milk and milk products, they moved to the second leg of the trip. OES team took all the participants to the area where 2 buffaloes were tethered. Mr Reddy described buffaloes to the children and explained the difference between a cow and buffalo. The group then went further on a walk to the area of the goshala where they saw farms where fodder is grown for the cows. They learnt about various types of plants grown as fodder for Bakaram goshala cows. They also saw a water sump on the way to the cow shed.
Once they reached the cow shed, all the children were excited, and they wanted to feed and touch the cows. They were helped to some fodder leaves ‘Super Napier’, which they tried feeding the cows in the shed. There were 20 cows and 10 calves in the shed. After enjoying this activity, they all saw a structure of steel bars, where medical treatment is given to the cows.
Moving to the third leg of the trip, all the participants entered the Goshala kitchen and were offered a welcome drink, fresh butter milk! A demonstration of how cow milk is converted to Ghee and Paneer was conducted for them. Mr Reddy showed a small quality check for ghee, that we all should do while buying ghee.He also told the children to buy only good quality ice creams, made from fresh cream.
Moving to the last leg of the field trip, participants collected at the presentation area and filled up the feedback forms, both parents and children gave individual feedback to OES about this experiential trip to goshala. Having thanked the participants and Mr. Reddy for coming to Organo Bakaram goshala to share his knowledge. OES Team offered fresh cow milk paneer to all participants and guests and wrapped up this field trip.
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Organo Et School is a learning initiative set up by Organo in 2017 and has been facilitating field visits and workshops for Schools and Interest Groups. Organo Et School has had over 25+ schools, 6000+ students and 2500+ adults participate over the last 4 years.
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