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Sheep & Alpaca farm for kids

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A safe place near Cha-am where children & animals can get to know each other. 

Meet Snow, the youngest of the three alpacas recently introduced to Swiss Sheep Farm and by far the cutest of the bunch. The alpacas will only approach you if you’re holding out food, so be ready to grab your opportunity and take a picture when they get close enough. They are still shy of strangers and with their long legs can easily outrun people.

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A sheep farm for the kids 

There are no actual shepherdesses on this Cha-am 'ranch' , but lots of cute sheep

29/08/2013

Karnjana Karnjanatawe

The Swiss Sheep Farm is a popular roadside attraction a little north of the beach town Cha-am. 

The sheep farm gets pretty hot once you leave the shelter of your vehicle and there is very little natural shade on this 23-rai property, which looks more like a ranch where you'd expect cowboys to be hanging out that something from the Swiss Alps. But families still flock here, especially on the weekends and during school breaks. Many parents are impressed by the place, apparently, and say it is good for their kids' education to be able to interact with animals in this controlled way.

A farm employee assured me that the sheep are from a Swiss breed that were raised on the Swiss Valley Hip Resort in Ratchaburi. The flock currently numbers about 80, including several cute little lambs, and since they are intended for purely ornamental purposes, their wool is never sheared. They mostly seem to stick close to their feeding area which has a roof to provide some protection from the sun. Visitors are allowed inside the pen to take photos of the animals up close and one can also feed them on Napier grass (sold for 50 baht a bundle) or pasteurised cow's milk (50 baht a bottle).

Another big hit with the children will be the alpacas, three of which were imported at the beginning of this month. This domesticated species from South America is native to the Andes mountains where it is bred for its fur. It resembles a small llama in appearance with its long neck and legs, short tail, small head and pointed ears. The coats of the new arrivals are of different hues. One is reddish brown, the second is dark brown and the third - which is also the youngest and most adorable looking - is completely white.

Anyone who wants to ''meet and greet'' the alpacas has to pay an additional fee of 100 baht. Visitors are required to wash their hands with an alcohol-based gel and don plastic shoe-covers before being admitted to the air-conditioned alpaca enclosure. A staff member will hand you a bowl containing a small portion of food (it's actually commercial feed intended for goats). This is the moment when you need to get ready to take a photo or two. You may have difficulty getting close enough to stroke their fluffy fur, however, because the alpacas are still very shy of strangers.

Other outdoor activities on the farm include horse-riding, archery practice and a visit to the temple-fair game zone to try out some traditional amusements.

Hua Hin is home to a second ovine sanctuary called Black Sheep Farm which does indeed have some black sheep as well as the regular white variety. Visitors are allowed to feed the livestock and there's also a playground for children.

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The lack of shade from the sun doesn’t discourage visitors anxious to snap mementoes of the woolly residents at Swiss Sheep Farm in Cha-am district. The trick is to entice one of the sheep to come closer by holding out some of the Napier grass sold here for use as fodder. The lambs are also partial to a drop of cow’s milk, also sold here by the bottle.


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Vocabulary:

activity: a thing that you do for interest or pleasure, or in order to achieve a particular aim - กิจกรรม

actual: real; existing in fact - จริง

additional: more; more than was first mentioned or is usual - ที่เพิ่มขึ้น

admitted: (of a hospital) accepted for medical treatment - รับ, ให้เข้า, การรับเข้า, อนุญาตให้เข้า

adorable: cute, looks nice in a way that makes you like them a lot -

amusement: a game, an activity, etc. that provides entertainment and pleasure - กิจกรรมที่ให้ความบันเทิง

apparently: based only on what you have heard or think, not on what you are certain is true; seemingly - ตามที่ได้รู้มา

appearance: the way that somebody/something looks on the outside - ลักษณะภายนอก, การปรากฏตัว

approach: moving or coming closer - การเข้าใกล้

assure: to tell someone that something is true or will definitely happen - ให้ความมั่นใจ, ยืนยัน

attraction: something that creates interest and brings people to see it - การดึงดูดความสนใจ

breed: a particular type of animal that has been developed by people in a controlled way, especially a type of dog, cat or farm animal - พันธุ์

breed (past form: bred): to keep animals or plants in order to produce young ones in a controlled way - ผสมพันธุ์

bunch: a number of things of the same type which are growing or fastened together - กลุ่ม,ช่อ,พวง

bundle: a number of things tied or wrapped together - มัดหรือห่อ

commercial: intended to be sold - ซึ่งมีจุดประสงค์เพื่อหวังกำไร

domesticated: (of wild animals) used to living with or working for humans - เชื่อง

don: to put on a piece of clothing - ใส่เสื้อ

employee: someone who is paid regularly to work for a person or an organisation - ลูกจ้าง

enclosure: a piece of land that is surrounded by a fence or wall and is used for a particular purpose - สังเวียน, คอก, วงล้อม

fee: an amount of money that someone pays to be allowed to do something, or in this case, to hire someone - ค่าธรรมเนียม, ค่าจ้าง

feed: animal feed; animal food -

feeding: giving food to animals to eat -

flock: to go somewhere in large numbers; to gather together in large numbers - แห่กันไป

grab: to take or hold somebody/something with your hand suddenly, firmly or roughly - จับ,ฉวย,คว้า,แย่ง

hang out: to spend a lot of time at a place or with someone - ออกไปข้างนอก สังสรรค์ คุยกัน เช่น กับเพื่อนๆ

hit: a successful product -

hues: degrees of lightness, darkness, strength, etc. of colours - ความมืดหรือความสว่างของสี

impressed: admiring someone or something very much because of an unusually good quality or achievement - ประทับใจ

intend: to plan to do; to want to happen - ตั้งใจให้เกิดขึ้น, วางแผนไว้

interact with: communicate with or react to - มีปฏิกิริยากับ

moment: a very short period of time; a particular time or occasion - ชั่วขณะ, โอกาสสำคัญ

native: existing naturally in a place - ตามธรรมชาติ

natural: existing in nature; not made or caused by humans - เป็นธรรมชาติ, ตามธรรมชาติ

opportunity: a chance to do something, or a situation in which it is easy for you to do something - โอกาส

ornamental: used as decoration rather than for a practical purpose - ที่ใช้ประดับ

outrun: to run faster or further than somebody/something - วิ่งเร็วกว่า,วิ่งไกลกว่า

pasteurise: to heat a liquid, especially milk, to a particular temperature and then cool it, in order to kill harmful bacteria - ฆ่าเชื้อโรคด้วยความร้อนสูง

popular: a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people - เป็นที่นิยม, เป็นที่ชื่นชอบ

pretty: rather - ค่อนข้าง

property: land owned by someone - ที่ดิน, อสังหาริมทรัพย์

protection: the act of protecting somebody/something; the state of being protected - การอารักขา, การปกป้อง

purely: only - อย่างเดียว

purpose: the intention to achieve something - ความตั้งใจ, ความประสงค์, ความปรารถนา, ความตั้งใจ

raise: to take care of children while they are growing up - เลี้ยงดู

ranch: a large farm, especially in N America or Australia, where cows, horses, sheep, etc. are bred - ฟาร์มปศุสัตว์

require: to make somebody do or have something, especially because it is necessary according to a particular law or set of rules - บังคับใช้ (กฎหมาย) กำหนด

resemble: to be like or look like someone or something else - มีลักษณะคล้ายกับ

sanctuary: a place where birds or animals can live and be protected, especially from hunters or dangerous conditions - เขตสงวนพันธุ์สัตว์ป่า

shade: an area that is dark and cool under or behind something, for example a tree or building, because the sun's light does not get to it - ร่ม

shelter: a place where people are protected from danger or bad weather; a temporary place to stay - ที่หลบภัย  ที่พักชั่วคราว

shepherd: a man whose job is to look after sheep -

shy: nervous and embarrassed in the company of other people, especially people who you do not know - ขี้อาย

species: a kind of animal - ประเภท, พรรณ, ชนิด

staff: workers employed by a person or organisation considered as a group - คณะผู้ทำงาน, คนงาน

stick close to: not leave a place or area -

stranger: a person that you do not know - คนแปลกหน้า

stroke: to gently move your hand over skin, hair, or fur - ลูบ

traditional: things (buildings, clothes, music, customs, etc.) that have been part of a country or society for a long time - แบบดั้งเดิม, เป็นประเพณี

vehicle: a machine that you travel in or on, especially one with an engine that travels on roads, e.g., a car, bus, van, truck, etc. - ยานพาหนะ

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