Dairy Farm Ferne and Rory's Vet Tales


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Dairy Farm

Preschool series about animal health. Ferne visits a dairy farm as they prepare for a visit from the farm vet. Rory joins a vet to check on some fluffy baby alpacas.


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I'm Ferne. I'm in Blackburn to meet George and William

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and their herd of cows, who are getting a visit from the vet.

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This will be interesting.

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I'm Rory. I'm at an alpaca farm in the Scottish Borders

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to see how the vet is caring for some of their new arrivals.

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# Ferne and Rory telling you the story of some poorly pets

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# We will take them, show you how to make them better at the vets

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# Vet Tales These are our Vet Tales

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# Vet Tales Ferne and Rory's Vet Tales. #

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-Hi, I'm George.

-Hi, I'm William.

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Our family have lots of cows.

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140 of them.

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Some are mums, dads and babies of different ages.

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We help look after them.

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We give them, straw, food and water.

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We love them very much.

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-Hi, Ferne.

-Hi, Ferne.

-Hiya, George. Hi, William.

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-You must be their dad, James.

-Hi, Ferne.

-Nice to meet you all.

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-Do you want to see our cows?

-I would love to. Where are they?

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-This way.

-That way.

-See you later.

-Bye!

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Is that them there?

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Hello! These cows are beautiful.

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What types are they? There's lots of different colours.

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We have a Holstein and Ayrshires and one Danish red.

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-OK. And they're all dairy cows?

-Yeah.

-Wonderful.

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Look at this one! They're really curious.

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-Yeah.

-Yeah.

-So, why do you have so many cows?

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We get milk from them, so we need them.

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-Oh, OK. So, these are working cows, aren't they?

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

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-So, what is a baby cow called?

-BOTH: A calf.

-Right.

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When a cow is pregnant, which means she's expecting a baby,

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it's called being in calf.

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And cows are pregnant for just over nine months,

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which is almost the same time as us humans.

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So, with all of these cows, do they need any vet visits?

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-Yeah, and we have a very special vet here today.

-Who is that?

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-BOTH: Our mum.

-That is cool.

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-She's checking on the cows today?

-Yeah.

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I can't wait to see this.

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Sarah knew she wanted to be a vet since she was six years old.

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She once had to remove hair bobbles from a kitten's tummy.

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And has been sprayed all over by a super-smelly skunk.

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-Hiya. You're the boys' mum, as well as the vet?

-I am.

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-Hi.

-What have you got planned?

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We've got cows at varying stages of pregnancy.

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We're going to check Margaret to see how she's getting on with hers.

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Hello, Margaret. So, what's up first?

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We'll use an ultrasound to scan Margaret and see how her baby is.

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An ultrasound uses sound waves to scan inside a mother's tummy

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to see how the baby is getting on.

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An ultrasound with a cow is different to one with a human.

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It is. That's why I've got the gloves on.

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-It's not on their tummy.

-It's a bit messier.

-A little bit.

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-How big do you think this calf will be?

-This big.

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-So, that's quite small, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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-Are you excited?

-BOTH: Yeah.

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-Right, it's ultrasound time. Good luck, Sarah.

-OK.

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To get a clear picture of the calf growing inside the cow's tummy,

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Sarah needs to put part of the machine in through the cow's bottom.

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So we're just having a little look around.

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Is it hard to find a baby when the boys think it's so small?

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There's normally lots of clues that you look for.

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So we can see pockets of fluid, which is a good sign.

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Will it look like a miniature cow?

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It won't look as you'd expect at this stage.

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-Is that it?

-That's it there.

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-Can you see?

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

-Oh, wow!

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-That little bit in the middle?

-Yes.

-It's upside down.

-It is.

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-It's floating about.

-That's incredible!

-How big is it?

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-I think you're about right, boys.

-Yay!

-Just as you said.

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So, how far along does that mean she is?

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So she'll be about seven weeks.

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-Just under two months.

-Still a long way to go.

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-She's still got a long way to go, yeah.

-It's so tiny!

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-Are you happy with how everything went?

-Very happy.

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-Margaret did very well.

-She's a good girl.

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What's next on your list?

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We're going to check the calves.

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-That sounds fun. Shall we go?

-BOYS: Yeah.

-Come on.

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Calves are born after nine months growing in their mother's tummy.

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Soon after they're born, they develop a good sense of smell

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and can open their eyes quickly.

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They wobble around on spindly legs,

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but are soon able to stand on their own and walk around.

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Look at all these beautiful babies! Hello!

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William, what ages of calves do you have here?

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From a few days to eight weeks' old.

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They're beautiful. Who do we have here?

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-This is Jessie.

-George, what age is Jessie?

-She's a month old.

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-She's big for a month, isn't she?

-Yeah.

-She's gorgeous.

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What's wrong with Jessie?

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Jessie's had a bit of pneumonia, so she was treated yesterday.

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We're going to see how she's doing today.

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Pneumonia is a lung infection,

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which means they can't breathe properly.

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So, what did you do to treat her?

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Yesterday, she had an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory.

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She had a high temperature and she was feeling sorry for herself.

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-OK. Where do you start with checking up on Jessie?

-With her head.

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Yesterday, she had a very runny nose, but today, she's much better.

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We'll just check her mouth.

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-And her eyes.

-What are you looking for?

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Just to check that she's nice and pink and she's not pale.

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-The skin around the eye is pink?

-Yeah.

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And the inside of the eyes should be nice and pink.

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I'm going to have a feel under here. Check her glands.

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Sometimes when they're poorly, they get enlarged glands under here.

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-So, the glands would be swollen if there was an infection?

-Yes.

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-How are her glands?

-They're fine.

-Great. She's doing better.

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We're going to listen to her chest.

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So when I listen to her lungs, I'm making sure they're nice and clear

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and I can't hear any wheezes or crackles.

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Her breathing has settled down.

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That sounds a lot better. Much clearer.

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-How do you think Jessie's doing?

-Lots better.

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We'll check her temperature.

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What's the ideal temperature for a calf?

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A calf's temperature should be 38-39, up to 39.5 degrees Celsius.

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OK. And what was Jessie's when she was poorly?

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-Jessie's temperature yesterday was 40.5.

-Wow!

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-That's quite high, isn't it?

-Yes.

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-And today, she is 39.5.

-Great!

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-She's one degree lower.

-So that's a good sign.

-She's normal today.

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-I'm glad Jessie's doing so much better.

-Good girl, Jessie.

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-Shall we go back to the farmhouse?

-BOYS: Yeah.

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Let's see what else has been happening here today.

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Sarah had plenty of other animals to see today.

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She visited the chickens and gave this bantam hen a checkup.

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Stanley, the family dog,

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got a booster injection for his vaccinations.

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And, of course, there were lots of other cows and calves to look after.

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I had a wonderful time meeting you both

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and seeing your beautiful cows.

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Would it be all right if I came back to see how you're all getting on?

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-BOYS: Yes, please.

-Thank you.

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I wonder what Rory's been up to?

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MOO!

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BEEP-BEEP!

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I've come to an alpaca farm in the Scottish Borders.

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I'm here to meet some baby alpacas

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that are going to be checked over by a vet.

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-Hi, Vet Pete. Hi, Stuart.

-How are you?

-Good.

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Look at these beautiful alpacas!

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We've got two sets of mums and babies here.

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This is the two greys

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and we've got two whites, which Pete will be looking at.

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Okey doke. Let's go.

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Come on, then, out you come.

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Come on, then. Yeah. Let's go.

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Oh-ho! Look!

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-Here we go.

-What a beauty.

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-This is little Ollie.

-Ollie.

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-He was born yesterday.

-Yesterday! Brand-new!

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So we've come to check him over from nose to tail.

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One of the main things we check

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is that they're born with their lower teeth.

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His teeth have come through there, so that's fine.

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Cria is the name given to baby alpacas and to young llamas.

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And they can be in their mummy's tummy for up to 12 months,

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which is quite a long time for an animal.

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I'm going to have a listen to his heart

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to make sure it's nice and strong and healthy.

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-Good boy, Ollie.

-It's going like a train.

-Good.

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No problems at all.

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Now we have to get a weight for him,

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-so we'll need to take his jacket off.

-OK.

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-And we just want to pop him on the scales behind us there.

-There we go.

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And if you gently lower him down so he's nice and stable.

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Settling out there about 9.1 there,

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-which is absolutely fine.

-OK. That's a good weight.

-Yeah.

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The last thing we want is to check his umbilicus.

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We'll put a little bit of disinfectant on it

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to encourage it to dry up.

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So this is the umbilical cord here.

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This is where a baby mammal, and that includes humans,

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is joined to their mummy inside her tummy.

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That's how food and oxygen get to the baby,

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but also how the waste is taken away, as well.

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Put some gloves on here.

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Pete puts on disinfectant to get rid of any bugs that might be there.

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-Great. Well done.

-That's absolutely fine.

-Excellent.

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-Is that everything we're going to do?

-Yeah.

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-I'm happy. He's nice and fit and strong.

-OK.

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Well done, Ollie. Let's get our next alpaca in.

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-Oh, wow!

-This is little Riva and he's six weeks old.

-Six weeks old?

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We're going to give him a vaccination

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against a group of diseases called the Clostridium diseases.

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The most important of which is tetanus.

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Tetanus is a rare, but serious condition

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that can cause problems for animals and humans.

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It happens when bacteria gets in through a cut or scrape

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and can cause serious problems,

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like muscle spasms or tightening, as well.

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We'll give him this vaccination.

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He'll feel a needle prick as I put the needle in,

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-but he'll be fine.

-It's like us getting a vaccination?

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-It's exactly the same.

-A wee scrape.

-So that's it. All done.

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-Absolutely fine.

-Well done. What a good boy, Riva!

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Thanks so much for introducing me

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to this wonderful creature and Ollie, as well.

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Not long ago, I met George and William

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and all their beautiful cows and calves.

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Now I'm back to see how they're all getting on.

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-Hi, guys.

-Hi, Ferne.

-How are all of the cows and calves?

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-The cows and calves are all really healthy.

-Hello! Who is this?

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-This is Elsie.

-She was born just yesterday.

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She's our youngest calf.

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-No way!

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

-So she is a brand-new calf.

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-What type of cow is she?

-She's an Ayrshire.

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She's got amazing colours and she's really good at standing

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-and walking, isn't she?

-BOYS: Yeah.

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-George, what are you doing to help look after Elsie?

-We feed her milk.

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-And does she drink a lot of milk?

-Three quarters of a bucket.

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That is loads, isn't it? I'm so glad Elsie's doing well.

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She's looking good and strong.

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Margaret is keeping healthy and Jessie got over her pneumonia.

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I hope you've enjoyed finding out

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all about the lovely cows and calves here, too.

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See you next time for more Ferne and Rory's Vet Tales.

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-ALL:

-Bye!

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MOO!

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# Ferne and Rory telling you the story of some poorly pets

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# We will take them, show you how to make them better at the vets

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# Vet Tales These are our Vet Tales

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# Vet Tales Ferne and Rory's Vet Tales. #

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Ferne meets George and William at their farm to see the cows as they prepare for a visit from the farm vet. Rory heads off to an alpaca farm to join the vet who is checking on some baby alpacas.