Level 2 Land and Environment
Preparing for Land and Environment Level 2
We are looking forward to welcoming you in September. As a warm up and to help you start the year in good stead here is some research you could do:
- To help with your livestock module – go online and research breeds of beef and dairy cattle, pigs, sheet, poultry and game. Look at why they are different and what characteristics each one has. Research why cattle and sheep are different to pigs (think stomachs).
- To help with your crops module – make good use of the team allowed to go out for a walk each day and identify plants on your travels. Try to identify different grasses, weeds, barley, wheat and maize. There are several free apps to help you do this including Plantsnap and Leafsnap. Upload a picture of the plant to the app and they will help to identify what type it is. You could start a plant diary by picking the plants, drying them then adding them to a notebook with a page for each plant at different stages in its cycle. If you prefer you could do this digitally by taking pictures then making a folder for each plant species.
- Take a look at some of the machinery working in the fields at the moment. What is it doing and why? Think about how big the tractor really needs to be to operate the machine, is the one you have seen on the machine efficient or could it easily be a smaller machine using less fuel therefore being cheaper to run and making the crop more profitable.
- To help you your estates module – this module incorporates fencing and repair of fencing or buildings, along with maintenance. Look up different kinds of fencing and which animals each type will keep in or out. Can the fences be more environmentally friendly and how do we remove and dispose of old fencing and buildings, where can we reuse them?
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