Have you ever taken your children to a dairy farm in the countryside? Have you yourself ever had the experience of bottle-feeding a calf or simply giving it some hay to eat? Have you and your children ever tried milking a full-sized cow in a stall?
The Greening Dairy Farm (tells. 05-2538505 or 05-2536373) in Zhongpu Township, Chiayi County, is a wonderful place to visit in winter for educational exposure to animal husbandry.
Boys and girls usually love such an outing during which they listen to a guide explain how cows are nurtured for them to become early mothers of young calves. The difficult birth of a baby calf with help from a couple of farm hands is shown through a documentary film. Despite the excruciating birth pain, the mother cow stands up at once and licks the head of baby in an instinctive show of affection.
The time also comes for the boys and girls to queue for a chance to manually milk a lactating cow.
The Green Tour Co. (tel. 02-27034588) is prepared to organize a two-day trip for a group of 30 at NT$3,999 per person.
The Rhinoceros Beetle Museum is likewise in this itinerary. This destination boasts the biggest collection of preserved beetles. Children can even bring home a pair of mature larvae and watch them transform into full-sized beetles. Salamanders, snakes, and even porcupines are raised here, too.
An overnight stay at the Childhood Resort is made memorable by a walk in the garden to look at fireflies at night. Occasionally, snakes emerge to look for food. Reptiles battle among themselves to survive. The stronger serpent literally eats a weaker one.
How local farmers grow yam and how they extract the juice from the loofah for use in producing beauty products are all part of the special tour.
Fresh produce from the countryside lands on the table at mealtime. Hotpot rendered very special by fresh milk from the dairy farm is very popular in winter. Before the journey is over, everyone gets to enjoy the hot spring at a beautiful resort in Zhongpu, Chiayi County.