Doggy holocaust

SteveHants

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Livestock Farmer
That’s my eldest in the avatar, she was my lockdown bill, had a melanoma in an eye which had to be removed. The optic nerve was still in one piece so they don’t think the cancer has spread.

She’s still keen to work but tends to bump into things on her left.

Will have pups from one of the others, red labs are definitely a fashion statement in this area. When I bought the 1st there were very few around, I got that one because I know the breeder well and they are quiet and well behaved. We did have a day shooting a couple of years ago where we had 9 or 10 out which were all related to each other.

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I has a ewe like that, lost one eye to a Crow, would go in circles in the gather.....
 

Lowland1

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Mixed Farmer
When my wife was working full time as a vet she’d often get people bringing in dogs to be put down either because their owners were leaving the country or often because their owners had become bored with having a dog. As such she’d either tell them no way or we’d take the dog. We got up to 12 at one point though since she’s been farming we are down to 10. Problem is they often come to a sticky end here we’ve had snake bites, scorpion bites killed by warthogs and I ran over the Labrador pup the kids bought me for Christmas leading to the saying in our house’A dog isn’t for life just for Christmas’
 

BobTheSmallholder

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Angus
I could go on for a loooong time as I'm currently living with a dog trainer...

There is a huge amount of stupid backstreet breeding going on to cash-in on high puppy prices, stupid crosses, no health checks and pups sold to any idiot for cash. Most end up on gumtree in short order. A lot of this breeding is to get around banned breeds by crossing bull-type breeds to produce "XL bullies" that have all the size, aggression etc of pitbulls but can't be seized under banned breed laws.

The majority of these new "rescues" bringing in foreign dogs are clueless idiots who just want the cash. They import dogs for as little as £60 each and sell them on for £400+ without proper assessment, when people complain about unsuitable dogs they lambast them on social media. None of them have proper kennel facilities in this country so when it goes wrong there is nowhere for the dog to go. Some are importing banned breeds like pitbulls, labelling them as "american staffies" on the paperwork so they get through customs and denying all knowledge when they bite someone.

Everyone thinks they have a right to have a dog now no matter how unsuitable their home, lifestyle etc. We've seen people living in city centre flats that work all hours getting pedigree working dogs and not understanding why they go ballistic and shred the place. Also people with young kids, mental health problems etc buying "XL bullies" or mastiff/Rottweiler crosses then crying for help when someone gets bitten or no-one can enter their house without risking injury. No-one seems to want to put in the hundreds of hours of training it takes to raise a confident, sound puppy that becomes a mature, healthy dog.

The latest trend in the past few weeks has been people bringing in dogs for training then refusing to take them back... we've had bags of toys, beds, pedigree certificates thrown over the gate so they don't have to face us or see the dog they've abandoned.

Over 60% of dogs put to sleep are now because of behavioural problems. The vast majority are put to sleep before their 2nd birthday. It's sad and scary at the same time.
 

Boysground

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Wiltshire
I know somebody who has a well bred working spaniel, it’s a lovely dog they had to have the best (most expensive probably) dog they could find.

It is totally the wrong dog for the household, I think it’s hardly let out of the garden because they can’t lead train it, I have given advice but it’s not listened to.

Im now off to do a mile or so with 3 labs, just right for a Sunday evening. No lead needed just a whistle

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Lowland1

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Mixed Farmer
My Dad used to get rescue Dalmatians before he got the last one two old ladies came to vet him. The fact that the garden wasn’t fenced and the dog wasn’t going to be living in the house was nearly a deal breaker but because they had no one for the dog he got it. The fact that it had a big farmyard and fields and people to play with was unimportant they seemed to think dogs are to be treated better than children. The dog had the best life imaginable and would spend the day running behind any tractor although we did get fed up with it bringing dead pigs home from the neighbours muck heap obviously not ours. Not everyone should have a dog.
 

Top cereal and oilseed growers honoured at the Yield Enhancement Network Awards 2021

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Despite an average growing year for most crops, many growers managed to go above and beyond their predicted max yields, with Lincolnshire grower Tim Lamyman taking the top spots for his wheat yields and his world record breaking winter barley yield.

The highest cereal and oilseed yields achieved at harvest 2021 were announced at this year’s Yield Enhancement Network (YEN) Awards on Wednesday 24th November at the Croptec Show. With award presentations by Tom Bradshaw, Vice President of NFU, 24 farms took home the evening’s top awards for highest yield and highest potential yield achieved for wheat, winter and spring barley, oats, and oilseed. The 2021 winners came from all corners of the UK, as well as from as far afield as Finland and New Zealand.

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