bull-sale-4blogRecently I took a trip to Capella in the Central Highlands of Queensland to visit family that have a cattle property there. It is really nice to get back to the country lifestyle and being surrounded by cattle, chickens, dogs and wide open spaces.

While I was there we went to my first bull sale in Clermont. I have shown cattle before and have a bit of an idea on what makes a good bull but it was very interesting to read to catalogue, look at the bulls, go through the data that is given on each bull and then see what they sold for.

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xmas-petsWhat better way to to celebrate the Christmas period than with the family. The whole family; four legged members included of course.  If you are thinking about going on a summer holiday and want to take your pets, visit Holidaying With Dogs for some great pet friendly holiday spots.  Or if you are just looking for some dog friendly parks and beaches all around Australia visit Doggo.

With the festive season in full swing, everyone is out enjoying the beautiful Australian weather with parties and barbeques.  As tempting as it might be to treat your dog or cat with some table scraps it really isn’t a good idea.  It is important to keep your pet’s diet as normal as possible as changing it and offering them an overindulgence of treats can cause stomach upset.  Ham is one of the worse things you can feed your pets as it is high in salt and fat.  Over the Christmas period veterinary clinics will often see a rise in pancreatitis cases and stomach upsets with the usual cause being that the animals have been eating the Christmas ham.  Also make sure not to give your pets any cooked chicken or turkey bones as they can splinter and also cause intestinal blockages.  Sweets, and in particular chocolate, are a big no no for you pets.  Chocolate is very dangerous for your four-legged friends as it contains theobromine which can cause symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea,  restlessness, cardiac failure, seizures and death. And most importantly, don’t forget to make sure your pets have plenty of cool, clean water to keep them hydrated over the hot summer days.

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish everyone, humans and animals, a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.

Until next time,
Bec


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So you can be the trivia King or Queen this Melbourne Cup Day, here are some fun and interesting facts about the “Race that stops a nation”.

* This year will be the 153rd Melbourne Cup.

* The first Melbourne Cup was run in 1861 and won by “Archer”.

* Every year the Melbourne Cup is run on the first Tuesday of November at 3pm AEDST. Although it has been postponed twice in 1870 and 1916 because of rain.

* During World War I and World War II the Melbourne Cup was still run, even though most other sporting events were not taking place.

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Riders4HelmetsOver the years I have had my fair share of falls off horses and I have been fortunate enough to never be seriously injured.  My most serious fall resulted in me spending a night in hospital with a concussion.  Thankfully I was wearing my helmet and was very lucky as it could have been a lot worse.  Whenever I ride I always wear my helmet and I instill the same rules on my little girls and my husband (although sometimes he doesn’t listen).

Wearing a helmet is so important when riding as it can save your life.  Did you know that when compared to other sports in Australia, equestrian activities have one of the highest risks of serious injury or death.  I guess it probably isn’t that surprising when you take into consideration factors like; when you fall from a horse your head could be up to 4m of the ground, or that a lot of the dangers, like the horse spooking or misbehaving, can actually be out of your control.  It is important to remember that no matter how quiet or well trained a horse is or how good a rider you are, every time you get on a horse there is some risk involved.  Horses have their own brains and instincts and what they do with these can be out of your control.
So why not control what you can and lessen the chance of serious injury by wearing a helmet.

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IMG_2397Last week we packed up the car and ventured off to the Central Queensland town of Capella.  Capella is a small country town in the Central Highlands of Queensland.  It is a rural town full of good old country hospitality, in the heart of the coal mining and agricultural district.  For a small town Capella has quite a lot to offer.  There is a beautiful aquatic centre with heated swimming pools, bbq’s, mini golf, cafe and much more.  There is an amazing cultural centre where many events, including concerts, are held.  With many other things to explore in Capella, like the Pioneer Village, Capella Parklands and Capella Peak Range it really is a great place to stop and spend a day or more.

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October 1st to October 8th is RSPCA Awareness Week, with October 5th being a dedicated fundraising day; Happy Tails Day.

RSPCA stands for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The RSPCA is a wonderful organisation dedicated to preventing animal cruelty, helping all animals in need and promoting their care and protection. Every year the RSPCA cares for over 150,000 animals that have been surrendered, mistreated, injured or stray.  The RSPCA needs support from the community to help these animals as less than 3% of their funding comes from the government.

Friday October 5th is Happy Tails Day, which is a national fundraising event to help raise some much need money for this wonderful organisation.  As a pet owner or a lover of animals this is great opportunity to show your support for the RSPCA and the animals they help.

This year vet-n-pet DIRECT are happy to be offering the Happy Tails fundraising merchandise for sale on our website.  It is easy to help support this well deserved cause, simply follow the link, http://www.vetnpetdirect.com.au/Charities and make a purchase from the exclusive Happy Tails Day range and 100% of the proceeds will go to the RSPCA.

For more information on the RSPCA or Happy Tails Day visit the website at http://www.rspca.org.au/.

Until next time,
Bec


Rides, showbags, animals, strawberry ice-creams, dagwood dogs, fireworks and more.  Thats right its Ekka time in Brisbane.

Yesterday was the first day of the 2012 Ekka and I decided to go with my family.  Walking around amongst the cattle reminded me of many years ago when I was in high school and a part of the Agricultural Show Team.  We use to show our sheep and cattle at local agricultural shows and the biggest show of all was the Ekka .  A couple of times I was a part of the team that took the cattle to the Ekka or RNA Show.  We would stay with the cattle throughout the show, for usually about 7 nights, sleeping in lofts amongst the lanes of cattle.  It was amazing, we had so much fun and we would learn a lot from the more experienced cattle farmers that were also there.  We would spend  our days with the cattle, preparing them for their judging, feeding, grooming and walking them.  We were always around, and answering questions from the public except when we would occasionally disappear to watch one of the few calves be born.

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Hip, Hip, Hooray!!! Today is the 1st of August which means I need a lot of carrots and a good singing voice to sing Happy Birthday to all our horses.

So we know that not all horses were born on the one day, but why is this date considered their birthday?

In the Southern Hemisphere we celebrate on the 1st of August but in the Northern Hemisphere the horses birthday is considered the 1st of January.  These dates were chosen to coincide with the start of the breeding / foaling season.  Originally this came about in the thoroughbred and standardbred racing industries.  The reasoning was because horses were placed in races according to their age so it was therefore easier to have all horses birthdate deemed as August 1st of the year they were born.  Although it began in the racing industries, these days many breeds and competitions consider August 1st the horses birthday.  It was decided to do it this way to alleviate confusion and to have overall fairness in competition.

So if like us and today you are celebrating your horses birthday I hope you give your equine friend a carrot and a cuddle, or maybe if they are lucky they will even get a cake, carrot cake of course.

Until next time,
Bec