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One Man and His Kelpie?
AT FIRST glance it may lack the athletic prowess and sleek finesse of the Border Collie, but the Australian Kelpie is making a bold challenge to usurp the former's position as the Farmer's Best Friend.
At least, that's the story at Balbuthie Farm in Fife, Scotland, where kelpie Glams Jess spends her time and considerable stamina rounding up cattle as well as sheep.
Kelpie's Strength and Stamina
John Brown's Brainchild
He then hit upon the idea of breeding Kelpies by Artificial Insemination, a process more familiarly used in the world of show dogs than of working farm dogs.
Samples of semen from two top Australian dogs were flown into Scotland at a fraction of the cost of importation. With the help of Edinburgh Genetics, the AI was under way and Glams Jess gave birth to her first litter of seven pups in December last year.
Mr Brown admits that the Kelpies are not very stylish compared to their Collie counterparts. 'You'd never see them on One Man and his Dog,' said Mr Brown, 'But they're like all Australians , they love life and hard work and they play hard. The only thing they don't like is the rain.'
500 Kelpies in UK
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