Emus and Aussie Sheep Dogs = Emu Oil
Recently, there has been a great amount of talk about emu oil in the media. A Current Affair Quotes: “It promises to treat aches and pains, soothe sunburn and even repair skin” and “now celebrities are turning to Emu Oil in their search for a flawless complexion”
Demands for our Emu Ridge emu oil are increasing and we love receiving orders from our great online customer base. We found this adorable story about an Aussie sheep dog, who is a very talented emu herder, and thought we would share it with you.
Not just a sheep dog: Chip deals with all the emus at one farm
This Aussie sheep dog herds 8,000 emus every day
When it comes to mustering, it probably looks like emu dog Chip has one ruff job. But owner Jeff Long says the third-generation working farm dog’s daily efforts in rounding up the more than 2000-strong flock is an invaluable labor of love which keeps Longview Emu Farm running without any ruffled feathers.
The eight-year-old kelpie can be found in the paddock of the northern Victorian emu farm — one of the biggest in Australia — ducking in and around emu chicks, herding up to 2500 of them each morning and night. If not on the ground, he is usually on the back of Mr Long’s quad bike, guarding both farmer and vehicle from the pecks of adult birds.
What he can do in ten minutes, Mr Long said would take he and partner Bev Littlejohn hours.
“He’s a really top dog actually, a really smart dog, he’s a good mate,” said Mr Long. “It would be nightmare to do it without him, we’d need two or three people without him.”
He said the hardworking dog had a natural affinity with the birds — he’s gentle with the chicks, who can be herded until they reach four months, and firmer with the older birds who have been moved out into the paddock.
But it’s not all work for the playful pooch, who plays his own tricks with the birds, running to the wire fence to poke his feet under for the birds to peck.
“He loves them pecking at his feet,” he said
This adorable story was written by the Daily Telegraph on the 18th of October, 2014