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Use readily available hazel to hatch the finest thumb sticks

Ever since the day when my father chastised me for not carrying a stick when herding cattle, I have always made sure there was one at hand. A simple ash plant cut from a hedgerow was all that was needed and I passed this warning on to my own children as soon as they began to wander in the fields on their own.

The biggest danger lay in coming across a freshly calved heifer and not exercising proper caution, for a heifer defending her calf can be more aggressive than any bull.

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