Call for dog owners to help control sheep measles in Marlborough

Ovis Management project manager Dan Lynch, left, with Anne Berrie with her dog named Spinner, in 2017.


Ovis Management project manager Dan Lynch, left, with Anne Berrie with her dog named Spinner, in 2017.

Cases of sheep measles are declining throughout the country, with Marlborough seeing its lowest number of cases in almost a decade. 

However, dog owners who walk their pets near farms or vineyards, and pig dog owners, are being asked to treat their pets for the sheep measles tapeworm to stop its spread.

The disease causes pus-filled tapeworm cysts in muscle tissue and can leave lamb, mutton or even goat meat inedible, not even fit for dog food.

But Ovis Management project manager Dan Lynch, who monitors cases of sheep measles, said the risk of infection had not yet passed.

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“Nationally it’s looking really good, prevalence is down substantially this year but it’s some degree early days and we’re just monitoring it very closely.” 

Cases of sheep measles in Marlborough are substantially down.


Cases of sheep measles in Marlborough are substantially down.

An outbreak of sheep measles in Marlborough caused huge losses for farmers in 2015. 

But Lynch said only five farms with a high prevalence of sheep measles had been reported in Marlborough in four months to the end of March, down from 16 cases for the same period in 2015.

“We’re delighted with what we’re seeing, but we also acknowledge that a lot of lambs are moving into vineyard grazing now,” Lynch said. 

“The risk still stands for lambs to become infected.

“We’re entering an area where a lot of dogs are entering vineyards, so that’s the concern,” he said. 

Lynch said dog owners that were taking dogs to the countryside or near vineyards, should be dosed. 

Dog owners could prevent their pets from spreading sheep measles by giving them a monthly pill, available at vet clinics, and feeding them cooked meat instead of raw.

Sheep measles can cause huge losses for farmers.


Sheep measles can cause huge losses for farmers.

He suspected people taking dogs for a walk near vineyards, especially on public roads, contributed to the spike in sheep measles a few years ago. 

“Dogs who eat raw meat can develop a tapeworm inside, which can grow to two metres. Eggs from the tapeworm are passed onto pastures through the dog’s faeces and get spread to sheep across a huge distance.”

Pig hunting dogs should also be dosed, Lynch said. 

Farmers were usually already dosing their farm dogs, so Lynch was focusing on educating people with dogs as pets, he said.

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Being Healthy With a Diet for Lower Cholesterol

Your health depends on your lifestyle and the kind of food you eat. Therefore it is vital that you eat the right type of food to achieve maximum health. Having a diet for lower cholesterol reduces the risk of heart illnesses. Cholesterol is a substance naturally manufactured by the liver. Its other sources are meat, eggs, milk, ice, cream, and cheese.

There are two types of cholesterol and they are the Low-Density Lipoproteins (LDL) or the bad cholesterol and High-Density Lipoproteins (HDL) or the good cholesterol. The LDL clogs up the blood vessels and prevails the blood from flowing properly through the body while the HDL carries cholesterol back to the liver for the latter to process and flush out of the body. When you have too much LDL, it can cause heart problems. Here, it is important to have a diet for lower cholesterol which includes fish, soya, nuts, oats and food containing plant sterol or stanol so as to lower LDL.

Fish reduces LDL cholesterol and heightens HDL cholesterol. It is good food for the heart as it also contains proteins and omega-3 fatty acids to decrease plaques in the arms. The kind of fish that are very rich in omega-3 fatty acids are sardines, herring, tuna, salmon, trout and mackerel. These should be included daily in everyone's diet for lower cholesterol in order to help maintain a healthy heart.

Oats should also be included in the diet to help lower cholesterol. It contains fiber that aids in decreasing LDL Cholesterol. Oats can be found in oatmeal and oat cereal bran. Nuts are equally effective in lowering bad cholesterol as they are rich in vitamins, nutrients, protein, fiber and antioxidants. They should be eaten raw and not mixed with too much salt, sugar and chocolate. Walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pistachios, pecans and pine nuts all aid in decreasing the level of LDL cholesterol in the body.

Soy which is made from soya beans is also said to lower cholesterol levels there before should be included in a diet for lower cholesterol. There are a lot of soy products that replace milk rich in fat and animal meat. These are equally delicious. Tofu replace meat while soy milk substitutes fat-enriched milk. There is also soy flour which can be used in other food creations.

Plant sterols or stanols are natural substances that are proven to decrease LDL cholesterol. These are usually mixed in certain kinds of foods such as salad dressings, fruit juices, spreads, and margarine.

A healthy lifestyle includes eating the right kind of food. A diet for lower cholesterol is essential to achieve good health. If you continue to stick to this diet daily, you are helping your heart and body ward off illnesses. You must also bear in mind that you should regularly exercise and take plenty of rest to become truly healthy. Stay away from vices such as smoking, drinking, and taking drugs as all these can decrease the heart's strength. Living a stress-free life also aids in having a healthy lifestyle.

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8 Vegetarian Celebrities: A Comprehensive List of Famous Vegetarians

A Growing Trend

Today, the majority of vegetarians come from countries where religious doctrine enforces the avoidance of meat, or countries where meat price and availability are prohibitive for the bulk of low-income families.

Of the approximately 1.4 billion vegetarians in the world, only 75 million actually make the active choice to live the vegetarian lifestyle.

But that number of voluntary vegetarians is growing all over the world.

In 2016, 7.8 million Germans, a good 10% of the population, were found to be vegetarian. That percentage is expected to double by 2020, to more than 20%.

In the Netherlands, the number of vegetarians grew from 560,000 in 2004 to 720,000 in 2006. Meanwhile, an increasingly large number of people are becoming ‘part-time vegetarians’ in that country.

And in Australia, a large vegetarian movement is growing. Events like ‘Vegetarian Week’ promote the lifestyle, while food producers are creating more and more meat substitutes and meat-free ingredients. In 2012, there were 1.7 million vegetarians, comprising 9.7% of the country’s population. In 2016, that figure rose to 2.1 million, or 11.2%.

Today, vegetarian restaurants and vegetarian diet plans are available almost anywhere, making it easier than ever to become part of the lifestyle. There are also even more extreme lifestyles such as raw vegan options if you truly want to devote yourself to the cause.

The Celebrities Who’ve Helped Promote Vegetarianism

From athletes, to fitness model influencers, to top actors, to great musicians; the spread of vegetarianism owes quite a bit to the celebs who’ve spread awareness and promoted its benefits over the years. Let’s take a look at some of these famous vegetarians and see how they’ve shaped the world perceptions of a plant-based lifestyle.

9. Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde is more than just a pretty face—she also has some pretty solid acting credits to her name, such as a role on House, and parts in blockbusters like In Time and Tron: Legacy. She’s even directed a very well-received film, Booksmart, set to be released this month.

But more than just her film and TV credits, she’s also known for her activist work. She’s campaigned for Obama, has been a very visible part of various women’s marches, and she even publicly espouses the vegetarian lifestyle. She won PETA’s award for 2010’s Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity.

Actor Olivia Wilde


8. Sia

Known for hits like ‘Chandelier’ and ‘Cheap Thrills’, as well as collaborations with big artists like Rihanna and David Guetta, Sia has been vegan since at least 2014. She appeared in the vegan documentary Dominion alongside Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix.

Pop star Sia


7. Natalie Portman

Queen Amidala from Star Wars. Evey Hammond from V For Vendetta. The lead role of Nina Sayers in The Black Swan. Natalie Portman is one of Hollywood’s finest actresses and has the acting credits to show it.

But she’s more than an actor. She’s a psych grad from Harvard and is a co-author on a peer-reviewed scientific paper about neuroscience.

She also lives a partial vegan lifestyle thanks to the documentary Eating Animals. She even started a line of vegan shoes with Té Casan, though the venture failed due to the financial crisis.

Portrait of Natalie Portman


6. Miley Cyrus

Every teen today, and virtually anyone who was a tween in the late 2000s knows who Miley Cyrus is, thanks to her role in Hannah Montana and her hugely popular music.

And because of her aggressive promotion of her personal views, everyone knows that she’s a vegan as well. She started the vegan lifestyle in 2014. Since then, she’s had vegan Thanksgiving, got a vegan wedding with Liam Hemsworth, and even launched a vegan collection with Converse.

Singer & musician Miley Cyrus


5. Ariana Grande

With a Grammy, three AMAs, plus recognition as one of TIME’s 100 most influential people—there’s no denying it. Ariana Grande is one of the biggest names in pop.

All that reach and influence is a big help to the vegetarian community, as she publicly came out as a vegan in 2013. Speaking with Mirror in 2014, Ariana said, “I love animals more than I love most people, not kidding,” going on to say that as an Italian, she was raised on meat and cheese, so she’s probably had enough for one lifetime.

But her vegan journey hasn’t been without controversy. Back in March, she was revealed as the ambassador for Starbucks’ Cloud Macchiato drink. Unfortunately, the ‘cloud’ part of that drink can only be made with egg products – a big no-no for vegans.

Pop singer Ariana Grande


4. Drew Barrymore

Child star turned superstar, and now TV star Drew Barrymore has had a complicated relationship with vegetarianism. She credits a huge 25-pound weight loss to the vegan diet – you wouldn’t recognise a before and after shot of her – and has previously been honoured by PETA for her cosmetics lineup. However, she seems to be an ex-vegetarian. Today, she does maintain a vegan diet before and during filming, but remains a meat eater throughout the rest of the year.

Portrait of Drew Barrymore


3. Ellen DeGeneres

Wildly popular talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has 61 Emmys and 17 People’s Choice Awards for her work on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. It’s no surprise that the public eye is all over her views.

So when she said nearly a decade ago, “50 billion animals a year are killed and I think we all fool ourselves that there is some kind of happy cow and that it’s a quick death, that they just hit him in the head and that they are out,” she started to spread awareness.

She became a vegan in 2008 after watching the documentary Earthlings. But later on, in her Netflix stand-up special Relatable, she said, “I’m not really vegan; I say it for the joke. I was vegan for eight years and I really believe that it’s great for you.”

She also came under fire for her comments during the promotion of Finding Dory, in which she starred as the titular character: “When we did Finding Nemo I was eating fish, and then I became a vegan for most of those years. And then I just started recently eating fish, [which was] retaliation for no sequel. I don’t eat blue tang, and I rarely eat fish. I don’t eat meat or anything, but I don’t really enjoy eating fish.”

Ellen Degeneres


2. Leonardo DiCaprio

As one of Hollywood’s most talented and bankable stars, Leo DiCaprio’s influence is profound. His vegetarianism is a very public part of his image, and he’s spent huge sums of money in support of vegetarian causes. He’s even a funder and executive producer in the big documentary anti-agriculture Cowspiracy, which he helped bring to Netflix.

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio


1. Paul McCartney

As the singer and bassist of The Beatles, and a longtime collaborator with fellow bandmate John Lennon, Paul McCartney is one of the most successful artists of all time. With a net worth of $1.2 billion, vastly higher than many of today’s biggest celebrities.

He’s also one of the most devout, most active, and longest-running supporters of vegetarianism, having come out as a vegetarian in 1975, long before the practice became popular. He decided to stop eating meat after seeing lambs while eating a lamb meal. Since then, he’s been a huge animal rights supporter and has spent millions in support of various awareness campaigns, especially by PETA.

Singer & Bassist Paul McCartney


Abbey Reviews a Raw Carnivore Diet | Sv3rige What I Eat in A Day

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In another what I eat in a day YouTube review, Abbey is reviewing Sv3rige who consumes a raw carnivore diet.

*** WARNING to Abbey’s vegan viewers: what you’re about to see is GRAPHIC and probably will often you. ***

Liver is one of the most nutritious organs, however it can be too nutritious and lead to vitamin toxicity, causing possible vision problems, bone pain and increased risk of fractures.

Abbey isn’t arguing that drinking blood is a solid iron source, but what is a concern is food safety.

Raw oysters are a great source of protein and are low in fat. This is especially important for him to balance out the excessive amount of fat he consumed earlier.

Abbey loves cottage cheese, but consuming two cups in one go is a lot of salt.

You can tell that he likes to surround himself with likeminded people. Another thing to point out is how expensive this day already is.

If we look at his macronutrient distribution we can see that it’s pretty imbalanced. He’s consuming dangerously high amounts of saturated fat from six egg yolks, soured cream butter, and the fatty duck breast. His carb intake is VERY LOW and his protein intake is within range.

Let’s take a closer look.

If his days typically look like this, he is likely deficient in so many vitamins and minerals. He’s likely not iron deficient and is getting enough B vitamins but due to his lack of fruits and vegetables and whole grains in his diet, he’s not getting much fibre and missing out on major micronutrients.

He’s low in water soluble vitamins like vitamin C and antioxidants. He also may be consuming too much vitamin A and B and copper which could lead to vitamin toxicity.

What about eating raw meat? Not really. It could pose some serious health risks and no evidence has shown that eating raw meat benefits your health. Also some foods are more nutritionally available when you cook them vs when you eat them raw. Cooking our food puts less strain on our digestive system because the food is easier to chew and digest.

What about his philosophy? Should we be encouraging more people to eat like him, even when we know the serious impact it’s having on the environment. As you can see from this video and other vegan you tubers I’ve reviewed in the past, going extreme on both ends of the spectrum can be devastating in their own way. Finding a more balanced approach when it comes to eating not only ensures you’re getting the right nutrition but also keeps mother nature happy and healthy.

For more tips on staying healthy, recipes, dieting, and information fit for consumption by foodies everywhere stop by Abbey’s blog.

What RAW Food Did I Feed My Dog on His Birthday? – Lobo's 'SURF & TURF' Birthday Feast

Today is my German Shepherd Lobo’s 5th Birthday (29May19). In this video I give him a sumptuous RAW ‘surf & turf’ feast for his special day.

“I’m just some guy on YouTube.” I am not a “professional” dog trainer nor K9 nutritionist and I am not representing myself as one. I am here just showing what ‘I do’ and what ‘works for me’ as a long time Animal Warden, breeder and dog rescuer and I explain while doing it why I do it this way. 🙂

* Before asking me any feeding questions in the comments (OR ON INSTAGRAM) look through the several links I am providing below. 99.9% of any RAW feeding questions you have for me will be answered expertly in those links in more detail than I can provide in the video comments. 🙂

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* Yes, it’s OK to feed your dogs ‘RAW’ bones. It’s only cooked bone you should never feed your dogs – Cooking the bone makes it undigested, brittle and prone to causing obstruction of the g-track and a perforated bowel. Canines are meant to digest raw bones and have been doing it for millions of years. Don’t take my word for it though, I’m just some guy on YouTube… lol. Do your research. I’ll provide some links down below if you’d like to do that. I’ve been feeding this way for over 20 years with great results.

*My dogs all live in the house.

*Muk-bang or mukbang is an online broadcast in which a host eats large quantities of food, while interacting with their audience. Usually done through a webcast.

* I feed my dogs the B.A.R.F. Diet (Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods). Here are a couple of books on the B.A.R.F. diet I recommend by DVM Ian Billinghurst.

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Grow Your Pups with Bones: The BARF Program For breeding Healthy Dogs And Eliminating Skeletal Disease

Here is a good online resource if you are looking to get started feeding your dog a raw diet…

RAW Food amount calculator – How much to feed

7 Vets Give The Health Benefits of Raw Feeding for Dogs…

Watch video and check out article linked below on the dangers of commercial pet foods and myths about feeding raw…

Some other RAW feeding videos I recommend below…

Is It Expensive To Feed Your Dog RAW Foods?

Does RAW food make dogs aggressive?

Guide to feeding dogs RAW food

How to feed your dog RAW food

How to feed your puppy RAW food

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Best Ways Of Losing Weight Quickly and Staying Healthy

Have you been looking at your belly and wondering where does all the fat come from? Having all the fat around us results in temptation to adapt a rapid weight loss program. All of us want to see the results fast. The idea of ​​a quick weight loss is certainly appealing and alluring. For this you need to carefully study the various quick weight loss diet guides and compare their pros and cons.

If you restrict yourself to eating only fruits and vegetables then you will loose weight quickly. By following a strict diet schedule you can certainly expect to loose weight quickly. Either you cook these fruits and veggies or you eat them raw, the choice is yours.

For being able to cook the fruits and veggies yourself you must also understand thoroughly what cooking medium to use. The cooking methods that you use should be healthy as well. In order to adapt a healthy lifestyle you must avoid the use of oil, grease and fats.

Each body's metabolism is different. A single weight loss program can not give similar results to everyone. If a single rapid weight loss program does not work for you then do not loose patience. Try another quick weight loss program that might suit your body's conditions and you may soon get desirable results.

Do rapid weight loss programs have any side effects? Do they actually incur results? For getting effective results from a rapid weight loss program it is recommended that you consult a dietician or a weight loss doctor. Once you start losing weight make sure that you maintain a healthy life style with well balanced food and exercise otherwise the chances are that you will end up putting on weight again.

Vegan blogger goes back to meat after diet brings on menopause

A vegan lifestyle blogger who lived off a strict gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and sugar-free diet has ditched the plant-based regimen and started eating burgers again. 

Virpi Mikkonen, 38, claims her vegan diet “brought on early menopause”; including stopped periods, hot flushes, crumbling nails and a flu she couldn’t shift.

Doctors told her she was entering early menopause at age 37, and needed to go on medication

“I had run out of fuel, totally,” she told the Daily Mail. 

“It was a huge thing to think, this is where my fertility stops.”

She told the Daily Mail it was when she developed a rash on her face she went to Chinese medicine specialist, who recommended she reintroduce warming animal products back into her previously raw diet. 

Until that point, the mum from Finland had racked up over 160,000 Instagram followers with her vegan cookbooks, raw dessert alternatives and breakfast juices celery, cucumber, fennel and parsley. 

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