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    just got my liverpool feedback. did better on one station but worse on another. good to know the 2 i did well on were the 2 i thought i did though.
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    http://www.ciwf.org.uk/news/beef_and...st_target_id=0
    quite an interesting story
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    (Original post by haddie...)
    Ahhh just packing to move out into the outback for three weeks tomorrow, very excited!!! Going to be living with a family who live on a sheep station and have loads of horses including some race horses i think! So should be lots of work for me to do, they also have some sheep dog pups they're training up Have got so much to pack, not fun! Its really warm in the day but freezing at night so need warm and cool clothes :/ They say that they socialise in the town loads too, going for rides and then camping overnight in swags, which are barely tents, so that should be fun camping under the stars! They also have picnic races twice a month where you have to dress up in pretty dresses and hats, never been to a race before, so excited about that to!
    Oh dear lots of rambling on about myself, just very looking forward to it and wanted to share my excitement haha!
    I fyou dont mind me asking how did u get all the contacts? you got family living in OZ? and did u pay for it all urself?
    I'm just tryign to plan my summer, and I'm either gonna pay **** loads and get eveythign just done, or e-mail sancturays and stuff to ask them if they want assistants and therefore bypassing the money u have to pay for organizers....
    your pics are Lush btw, I wan tto meet a kangaroo, not fair haha
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    (Original post by starfall)
    http://www.ciwf.org.uk/news/beef_and...st_target_id=0
    quite an interesting story
    one my fave times of year is when we let the cows out up to the mountain,a nd they run off till u cant see them...real shame keeping them indoor all year round.
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    (Original post by x_dwin_ffeimys_x)
    I fyou dont mind me asking how did u get all the contacts? you got family living in OZ? and did u pay for it all urself?
    I'm just tryign to plan my summer, and I'm either gonna pay **** loads and get eveythign just done, or e-mail sancturays and stuff to ask them if they want assistants and therefore bypassing the money u have to pay for organizers....
    your pics are Lush btw, I wan tto meet a kangaroo, not fair haha
    I did the koala sanctuary through a gap year group, so that did cost a bit, you can do it directly through them for free but there is a waiting list and i was too slow in getting my act together! I've been staying with friends in Brisbane who have a friend who has family who live on a property in the middle of Queensland so thats how i got the living on a sheep station waiting at the airport for my plane now. I booked my flights to Aus pretty early cos they aint cheap, but went with Royal Brunei weren't too expensive. No alcohol on the flight though, bad times :P
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    The problem I have with CIWF is that I'm sure they don't complain about how many litres of milk each cow is producing when they want to buy it cheaply from the supermarkets for their tea and cereal in the mornings. That really vexes me! But other than that, I do think it's a shame to keep cows indoors all year round, despite it apparently being better for their overall health. I agree with Beth, it's so good to watch them running off into the fields after the winter. (And yes, I appreciate that is a little sentimental!)

    Haddie your Aus stuff sounds amazing, I really want to do something like that! I potentially might be able to next summer or another summer though, but in New Zealand on a sheep station.
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    I think it's a shame to keep cows indoors all year round, it just doesn't seem right. I remember looking around the farm at Nottingham and, although it's really impressive and they obviously have a good life, I just prefer to see cows out of doors, however sentimentally pathetic that sounds.
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    My dog had an x-ray today, and she doesn't have a bone tumour, it's just a sprain and a bit of DJD, but that was to be expected, her being a collie and all. She's had a dental too, and her teeth look lovelyyy She is not a happy dog though, bless her. I'm so relieved it's not osteosarcoma or an infection or anything.
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    (Original post by steph_v)
    My dog had an x-ray today, and she doesn't have a bone tumour, it's just a sprain and a bit of DJD, but that was to be expected, her being a collie and all. She's had a dental too, and her teeth look lovelyyy She is not a happy dog though, bless her. I'm so relieved it's not osteosarcoma or an infection or anything.
    thats good news glad it wasnt anything too serious!
    and i know what you mean about the dairy farm at notts, the automatic milking machine is really clever and all that but i just think that its worth handling the cows yourself so you can make judgements on their health and stuff not just leave it up to a machine
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    mate won 6 radio one bifg weeeknd tiket - I am very happy
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    (Original post by starfall)
    thats good news glad it wasnt anything too serious!
    and i know what you mean about the dairy farm at notts, the automatic milking machine is really clever and all that but i just think that its worth handling the cows yourself so you can make judgements on their health and stuff not just leave it up to a machine

    I saw those machines! I went to the farm during my summer school at Nottingham, one hell of an impressive equipment! :eek3:
    That was before I milked cows myself and I think doing it yourself is so much fun. At least the cows I worked with were very chatty. :yep:
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    (Original post by Kurzyk)
    I saw those machines! I went to the farm during my summer school at Nottingham, one hell of an impressive equipment! :eek3:
    That was before I milked cows myself and I think doing it yourself is so much fun. At least the cows I worked with were very chatty. :yep:
    yeh milking was like one of my favourite work experiences i worked on quite a small herd, like 46 cows so i got to know them all individually :p:
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    (Original post by steph_v)
    My dog had an x-ray today, and she doesn't have a bone tumour, it's just a sprain and a bit of DJD, but that was to be expected, her being a collie and all. She's had a dental too, and her teeth look lovelyyy She is not a happy dog though, bless her. I'm so relieved it's not osteosarcoma or an infection or anything.
    Glad it's nothing really bad, hope the sprain gets better soon How old is she? I don't really know a lot about DJD (other than it's degenerative joint disease, right? :o:)
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    (Original post by steph_v)
    My dog had an x-ray today, and she doesn't have a bone tumour, it's just a sprain and a bit of DJD, but that was to be expected, her being a collie and all. She's had a dental too, and her teeth look lovelyyy She is not a happy dog though, bless her. I'm so relieved it's not osteosarcoma or an infection or anything.
    ymm why?
    I think the only time we've taken our collies to the vets are 1-a big bale fell on top of Pero, he survived and was hearding sheep again 2 months after, and is still alive today at the age of 13
    2-we had a dump near us,a nd nell decided to go there for a trip and slashed her foot on glass

    we never have to go for dentals, obv coz they eat bone, maby we have been lucky for the past 20yrs, or maby its coz of their breed line and the fact they run miles up and down hill, but you'd think this would cause joint problems. mehhhh. u lot can tell me when u qualify.
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    my dogs been to the vet loads for cuts and bites and stuff.

    now he has a mystery illness and keeps collapsing on his walks, but all his tests come back normal. hes been going to a specialist vet and has had some muscle samples sent to a lab in california!
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    we dont take them for little cuts and bites, they heel themselves pretty easy, but mind you we do have all the drugs and stuff allready, and the number of times our dogs have slashed their bellys on barb wire, w eknow what to do ourselves now. :p:
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    Hi everyone!! How is everyone? Getting excited!!??

    Hope everythings going well with exams and such like for you all

    Ooh and my dairy farm experience was definitely my favourite of all of them, i love cows!!! :p: all 400 of them :moo:
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    Glad your dog is ok steph! I'm getting excited about vet school but have so much revision to do and not enough time!!
    One of my dogs is 16 and about a month ago the vet only gave her another 5 months to live cos she has liver failure. Shes really skinny and has started losing the plot which is sad She's only got one eye, is deaf and has arthritis so shes done pretty well to get to 16 really!
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    (Original post by .captainsarah)
    Glad it's nothing really bad, hope the sprain gets better soon How old is she? I don't really know a lot about DJD (other than it's degenerative joint disease, right? :o:)
    We don't know how old she is, she's a rescue. We think she's about 7, though, so she's not THAT old. And yes, it's degenerative joint disease. The x rays only showed it very mildly, though, we've just got to stop it getting too much worse. It's difficult to know what to do, because she loves running about, she's miserable walking on the lead, and we don't want to make it worse, but we want to make sure her quality of life is as best as it can be. Obviously she's being only walked on the lead until this sprain heals, we'll have to see what the vet says in a week or two.

    (Original post by x_dwin_ffeimys_x)
    ymm why?
    I think the only time we've taken our collies to the vets are 1-a big bale fell on top of Pero, he survived and was hearding sheep again 2 months after, and is still alive today at the age of 13
    2-we had a dump near us,a nd nell decided to go there for a trip and slashed her foot on glass

    we never have to go for dentals, obv coz they eat bone, maby we have been lucky for the past 20yrs, or maby its coz of their breed line and the fact they run miles up and down hill, but you'd think this would cause joint problems. mehhhh. u lot can tell me when u qualify.
    Because collies are, just like pretty much all pedigree dogs, prone to some diseases, like hip dysplasia, DJD and some eye diseases, etc. I would of thought a lot of working dogs are less prone to it, because they are bred for their ability to work, so they would generally be bred from collies that don't have hip dysplasia, rather than dogs that 'fit the breed standard'. I mean, if you look at working German Shepherds compared with show German Shepherds, you can really see the difference, it's actually awful. Collies are pretty healthy as breed for this reason, but they are still prone to the odd disease.
    My dog is a rescue, so we have no idea what her parents hip scores were or anything, so for all we know she could develop HD. I doubt she's from particularly good working collies though, because she has next to no herding instinct, she's useless. She loves to fetch, but she's terrified of sheep, cats, pheasants, etc. The only things she loves to chase are rabbits, bless her, but she'd have no idea what to do if she caught one.

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    (Original post by steph_v)
    just like pretty much all pedigree dogs, prone to some diseases, like hip dysplasia, DJD and some eye diseases, etc.
    Shhhh :p:

    I think I forgot to text you back last night. Forgive me, early start and everything, I was asleep by eight :rolleyes:
 
 
 
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