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  1. Liz, I'm probably not the kind of cattle producer that you're looking for an answer from...but we're grazing 2 groups of dairy heifers again this year (about 55 in each group). One of the groups ran thru 2 one wire fences and then out thru an open gate and ended up about a mile & a half from home. At the time the heifers weren't dog broke but you can be sure that they were by the time they got home. We had to get them out of an alfalfa field, walk down the road and then keep them out of a wheat field and a couple of driveways, cross a highway and then go up the side road to the gate back to our farm. In this real life case, the dogs who understood how to work quietly and calmly were much more effective than ones who might have got them moving quickly but not necessarily together or in the right direction. Laura
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    Holly

    Sounds like you gave Holly a good life. It's hard to take in a dog with problems even for a short time, but to make the decision to keep her-you're just an angel. I smiled at the freezer being the mother ship. Hugs to you, Holly and Bear are probably playing together. Laura
  3. I'm sorry to hear about your loss of Otis. Sending you a big hug. Laura
  4. It does, I've used it on myself when I was trimming feet and ended up with the pointy end stuck in my hand. I didn't want to go up to the house and wash and bandage it so I just rinsed it, dried it on my jeans and then sprayed the heck out of it. It works well. I'm wishing him a speedy recovery! Laura
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    Bear

    Bear came to us as a rescue that we ended up keeping ourselves. He had been in to the humane society enough times that his "owner" was going to get a ticket from the sheriff's department so they didn't come and claim him. One of the other times he was in, he'd been hit by a car and had one of his back legs broken and he suffered with the pain of arthritis when he got older. It didn't stop him from wanting to run with the 4 wheeler or the tractor, but he'd pay for it the next day so we didn't let him do it for the last year. He did enjoy swimming at the duck pond, so much so that it was hard to get him to come out. The first winter that we had him. Bear at the creek crossing with Zoe in the background. He was always up for a walk. When he'd sleep on the chair or the couch, his head would hang over and make him look like he was dead.
  6. I've used Swat on guard dogs and Border Collies just like the above...ears & noses to keep flies off. It works great. I hope Sam gets better quickly. It can be stressful to LGDs to be away from their sheep even if it's for their own good. Laura
  7. First thing that pops in my head is age. But Stella isn't really old enough for that to be a problem. I don't know what to tell you, but I feel for you. My 2 old guys (13 & 14) both have "leaking" problems if they lay for too long. Bear always liked to lay on the couch and I couldn't figure out who in the world was the cause of that. It's no fun cleaning up either. Laura
  8. Donald, I had a dog that was allergic to lamb too. I feed Diamond Naturals Chicken & Rice (readily available in lots of places) and sometimes I feed Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul. Laura
  9. If you change the end of the link to html it will work. Laura
  10. The quick answer is no. As long as they have access to good hay and/or grass and mineral & water they do not. The last 5 years I've been completely grain free (except for what the chickens get). Nothing to the sheep or cattle. Everyone finishes on grass. eta: If your lambs were on grain before you got them, I'd gradually wean them off of it. Laura
  11. Nancy I'm sorry to hear that Fergie has passed away, but I'm glad that she went peacefully. Run free and be happy Fergie. Laura
  12. Looks like you and Rex both had a great time. His tail is wagging all the time! Wham is ok, but I'd rather have Fleetwood Mac for an 80's group. Laura
  13. Sending mojo from Wisconsin. I hope that Fergie feels better and that you can get some answers. It's very worrisome not knowing why or how to fix it for them. Laura
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    Craig

    Laura, I'm so sorry to read about Craig. Even the pain in the butt ones leave a hole in your life when they're gone. It sounds like you gave him a good life and he was a good teacher to you. Be happy and pain free Craig. Laura
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    Hope

    Thank you to everyone who took the time to read my post. Even though I cried reading the replies, it has gotten a little easier and I know that I'm not alone in missing a special dog. Go play with Cricket, go run with Brock, roll in the wet grass to your heart's content. Laura
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    Hope

    Named Hope because we hoped that she would be as good of a dog as her older brother, Jaax and she definitely was. I couldn't have asked for a better first Border Collie. Unfortunately she was diagnosed with an aggressive mammary cancer that spread to her lymph nodes and skin. The last couple of weeks she was doing fine with steroids and pain medication. When the other dogs were playing she would bounce around and bark at them. She enjoyed going to the dog park and seeing her new friend, Chloe-she liked to bark at her too. She and Lily were the snuggling buddies sleeping in the car, at work and in the house together. I felt bad for a while that it wasn't warm and summery outside, but since she got some relief from laying in the snow, it was for the best that it's still cold out. I am so grateful for the time that we had together, I've met so many nice people who have become friends.
  17. Did the microchip company say that the chip is actually registered already? I've been watching the subject because we got a dog with a chip and after calling today, the chip is not registered so we just have to send in the registration with our information on it. Laura
  18. Interesting question. I asked my shearer and he said that about 85% of their customers use dogs in one way or another. I'm in central Wisconsin by the way. Laura
  19. Sue thank you for posting your diary with pictures. It's interesting watching the progress day to day. And Danielle, nice pictures too. There's a lot of talented people on here. Laura
  20. I like the Backyard Poultry magazine too. http://www.backyardpoultrymag.com/ Laura
  21. Liz, My hands fit too. I actually learned how to do it on goats (they seemed more likely to present multiple legs). It's easier to work with a ewe or goat than a cow even though the cow has more room. Laura
  22. Smalahundur, I'm not belittling what your wife does as a vet. I truly appreciate what they do. But...if I had to call a vet to come out to do what I consider to be routine work it would cost me an arm and a leg. And where would I find this vet? My large animal vet has plenty of experience with cattle & horses, but sheep? Sure he sees them in my pasture when he drives in the driveway, but hands on experience? Uh huh. Besides a vet visit starts out at $50, then add on the work he does. My sheep don't lamb at the same time, so having someone come out to castrate and dock tails would be hard to schedule in an economical way. I've stitched up the occasional tear, given vaccinations, treated pneumonia and treated flystrike besides the banding of lambs. I also band and vaccinate my own calves. The vet is for the things that I can't handle. Laura
  23. <<Just out of interest why would you want to band all your lambs? Dont you slaughter them before they reach sexual maturity?>> Nope. Sexual maturity can happen in 4 months and my lambs don't go until October. Doesn't matter if they're born in January or May. I laughed too at the picture of a vet coming out to castrate lambs. Especially since I can do it quicker and much cheaper. Laura
  24. Dave, I don't know who you're talking about, but there is a world of difference between a few sheep being run in a trial and 50 angry goats being loaded on a trailer. Sheep and goats act very differently and even if there had been panels out where you were trying to load it wouldn't have helped. I don't think it's fair to say that the dog was patterned trained a course and that's why they didn't understand what to do. I used to be one of those people who thought that trial dogs couldn't do farm work, but I do think differently now. Most of them can do it just fine and those that need some help just need a little more training so they know what is expected of them. Laura
  25. Hi Anna, Bill Fosher's sheep forum has an excellent section on guardian animals http://edgefieldsheep.com/bb/ Mary Falk regularly contributes on there and so does Janet McNally. Besides what's already been suggested, think about tying or kenneling the dog for the first couple of days. The main reason to keep a new LGD confined upon arrival is so that the dog gets to know you and her new property...you don't want her being startled by something and bolting for the north woods. Walk the LGD through the flock while on leash and walk her around the pasture where she will be immediately guarding. She also needs to be acquainted with your dogs and vice versa (with a fence in between). Once you feel that the dog is pretty relaxed around you and your sheep (eating treats out of your hand) then I would experiment with allowing her off leash. If she is not leash trained then wait a few days so she definitely knows where her meals come from and she is taking food out of your hand (shows that she trusts you) and then turn her loose with the sheep. If the sheep are very skittish of her and don't relax around her then you may want to put her in a much smaller pen with about a half dozen sheep. Once they get used to her then turn them all out with the rest of the sheep...when the other sheep see that those half dozen aren't bolting away from the dog, then they will come around. Laura
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