Journal Entry #2


    Today was another day that wasn't too exciting.  You have to remember that we're still on the first week of classes, though.  It will be next week probably before things "really" get going.  I woke up early this morning at 6:30 am.  We were to have a fire drill here at Wolfson Hall at 7:30 am and I didn't want to get caught in my pajamas.   The fire drill came and went, and we had a "continental breakfast" afterwards. 

    I then rushed upstairs to brush my teeth (I have Invisalign Braces and have to always brush and put my braces on after eating) and pick up my backpack.  I had already loaded it with my navy coveralls.  I took my backpack and Wellington boots downstairs to wait for Michelle.  We walked to the vet school via the "scenic route" near the Kelvin river, taking the higher path to avoid muddy shoes.  We eventually made it to the "PPCT", or Pre-Para Clinical Theatre.  The class was "Animal Husbandry" and the lecture was "Cattle Production".  It really was an introductory lecture and I didn't learn a thing.  At least the lecturer was funny enough to keep me awake.

    At 10:00am, I headed towards the refectory to buy a lunch to take with me to Cochno Farm.  Their sandwiches didn't look good, so I ended up with only a candy bar and some juice.  I then boarded a bus that took us to Cochno Farm.  Only groups A, B, C, and D of our class got to go to Cochno Farm today.  Groups E and F stayed at home to do whatever they liked. 

    Cochno Farm was beautiful!  It was such a nice day to go -- the sun was out and there were only a few clouds and absolutely no rain.  The farm is made up of about 900 acres of grassland and hills.  There is an old estate in the center of it called "Cochno House".  This is where we left our backpacks in exchange for our coveralls and Wellie boots.  I was in the group that was led by the farm manager.  We went all about the farm looking at pastures, sheep, cattle (primarily Holstein but a few Hereford and Hereford crosses for beef), and the milking parlor.  The farm manager was interested in "sunny California" and asked what kind of cattle we had there.  I told him Angus, Hereford, Shorthorn, Maine Anjou, and more.  He also asked what brought me to Scotland...that's a question that pretty much everyone gets around to asking.  :)

    We stopped for lunch at Cochno Farm, where I ate my candy bar and drank my juice.  I also had to work hard at not taking a nap!!  I was SO tired.  After all the groups were in and had eaten, we went off again.  This time I went with Dr. Fishwick's group for "cattle restraint".  Everything was very elementary to me, and I soon was bored.  The subject was a dairy cow, and he showed us how to halter and tie it, how to subdue it some, how to make a temporary halter out of a piece of rope, how to pill it, how to drench it, how to lift its front limb, how to tie up its front and hind limbs in order to examine them, and demonstrated a jugular stick.  He also showed us how to cast a cow (this time a different cow, in a pen with straw bedding) and pointed out the features of different chutes. 

    The bus finally took us home to the Garscube Estate.  From there, I walked to Wolfson Hall.  I sat in my room for a short while before dinner.  Dinner was amazingly great tonight!  I couldn't barely eat last night's dinner, so I was quite pleased tonight.  I had "chicken a'la King" over white rice, lentil soup, and rhubarb pie.  The chicken DID look disgusting, but it tasted great. 

    My day is pretty much over.  I'm so tired tonight that I won't do much more than e-mail and read my book.  Tomorrow we don't have class and I can sleep in.  :) 2003-2006, Cindy Fulton