The Last Field Excursion

The robot milker

The robot milker

The field trip on wednesday was a very long day. We left at eight in the morning and didn’t get home until eight at night. First, we headed to some dairies to see how they are managed compared to our dairies in the US. I don’t know a whole lot about dairies but I have been to a few back in the US. To me these dairies were similar to the US dairies minus a few differences. One dairy had a robotic milker that did the milking of the cows on its own. Apparently in the US, many people don’t use them very often because they are so expensive and it’s cheaper to pay labor for people to run manual milkers.

The old church that was converted to stables.

The old church that was converted to stables.

After the dairies, we went to se two old churches. One was built in the thirteen hundreds and had a concrete layer put over all the paintings and used for a stable when the church was no longer in use. They were still trying to recover all the paintings that was under concrete. The second church was built in the eleven hundreds and was very plain but had few paintings on the wall.

View from the top of the Mice Tower

View from the top of the Mice Tower

The last thing we saw was the Mice Tower. The tower was all that was left of a castle that was built by a king of Poland. There is a legend that the king had uncles that were trying to take his throne. The reason they wanted to take his throne was because the king was not liked by the polish people. The king killed his uncles so they couldn’t take his throne. He had their bodies put in the pond near the castle. The uncles cursed the king before he killed them. One day, mice came out of the pond by the thousands. The king and queen tried to hide in the tower but the mice got to them. The mice ended up eating the king and queen, and that is why it is called the Mice Tower. The tower still stands and is a huge tourist attraction. Once done visiting the tower, we headed to the dorms. The field day may have been long, but it was very enjoyable and informing.

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