December 22, 2015

Cuti-cuti Johor – UK Agro Farm

We googled for some breakfast places in Kluang (saving Kluang Rail Coffee for the last day) and saw that Botak Curry Mee is highly recommended so we made our way to the Kampung Paya shop (run by Botak’s son) to find it closed.  We detoured to try our luck at Botak’s daughter’s stall at Mengkibol River Hawker Centre and was glad to find it open.  We waited quite a bit for our noodles and it didn’t disappoint.  Serving was really small, and many adults had to order a second bowl.

After breakfast, it was a short drive to the entrance to the UK Agro Farm along Jalan Kluang – Batu Pahat.  What we didn’t know was that there’s another 15-20 minutes drive along a gravel road to reach the farm proper.  The farm is known for its goat’s milk and passion fruit juice.

We reached the farm just in time to join its 12 noon bus tour.  The sides of the bus was open, and the ride in the bus was an adventure in itself :-)

Our first stop was at the feed processing shed, where grasses are milled into tiny pieces as goat’s feed.  We were then taken into the goat’s shed where visitors can feed grasses to adult goats and milk to baby goats.  I was pleasantly surprised at how clean and well-kept the goats were.

Next was the milking shed, where we witnessed the process of milking of the goats.  The goats’ udders were first wiped clean, before the worker squeezed a small amount to see if there’s any blood, which may indicate that the goat is sick.  If everything was in order, the milking began and at the end, the worker applied some iodine onto the udders to help heal any wound, if any, that might have resulted from the milking.

We hopped back onto the bus to our next destination – duck feeding.  This was followed by a visit to the ostrich enclosure, where there was just one lone bird.

Close to the ostrich enclosure was the replica of a Jakun village.  The lone Jakun there showed visitors how an animal trap works, and demonstrated his skills in blowpipe.

Yan Yan trying out the animal trap 

Next was a pit stop for snacks where we had some ice cream and rojak.

Plucking her own coconut for her coconut drink...NOT

Yan Yan saw this little pond with plenty of coins at the bottom and asked for a coin to make a wish

It started to rain at this point, and the rain continued while we headed to the last stop, the mushroom farm.  Two types of oysters were grown – oyster mushroom and ganoderma mushroom (lingzhi).  There were several other attractions near the mushroom farm – a wishing tree, another huge tree with a tree house, and vegetable farms.  Next to the wishing tree was the horses’ enclosure.  We spent some time here while waiting for the rain to stop.

The girls hanging their wishes on the wishing tree

Oyster mushroom and ganoderma mushroom 

Mulberries and ladies finger

We headed back to the reception area and grabbed some food while waiting for the goats herding at 4pm.

A rare photo of mum with her three girls - we really should take more photos like this 

It started raining again right after the herding so we decided to call it a day and unfortunately skipped the mini zoo and lavender farm.

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