"Discoursing  with old Wilkins, a notable former of Hathern, he and another creditable husbandman agreed, that the fowle or loore in sheep's feet came from them going in wet ground, and was increased by the long grass and rushes which got between their claws, the pasure sheepe being most troubled with it, but it seldom afflicted the folded sheep: he said, bleeding a cow troubled with it on each side of the claws, would at the beginning, before it was too far gone, cure it without doing more: but then it was, he said, a common saying, that you must cut up the turf she bled on, and carry it, and hang it up in a hedge, and, as the turf grows rotten, the claw will grow well: but, said he, the meaning of cutting up the turf and carrying it away, is because, if the fresh blood of a cow lies on the ground, the whole herd will come and smell to it, and fly about the ground, and fall foul on, and push one another, and spoil one another: for which reason, if a cow will be bled in the tail for the worm in the tail, they always staunch and dry up the blood in the wound perfectly well, before they turn her out to the herd, otherwise they would smell at her, and push her, and one another".

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