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rattle (one's) dags

To hurry up; to get moving or working; to do something with increased energy, intensity, or effort. Primarily heard in Canada. Come on, rattle your dags—we need to get this project finished! I'm calling on all my fellow citizens to rattle their dags and show the government that we want this legislation overturned.
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rattle your dags

If you tell someone to rattle their dags, you mean that they should hurry. Come on, rattle your dags or we'll be late! Note: `Dags' are pieces of dried waste on the tail of a sheep that make a rattling noise if the sheep runs.
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rattle your dags

hurry up. Australian & New Zealand informal
Dags are the excreta-clotted lumps of wool at the rear end of a sheep, which, in heavily fouled animals, rattle as they run.
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The experiment was also conducted using the same methods OneR, J48, naive Bayes, bagging, and dagging. We found that OneR performed the worst when using the individual components alone.
Accuracy of different algorithms according to ECG parameters included [39, 52] Parameters OneR J48 Naive Bayes Dagging Bagging QRS only 60.4 91.2 76.5 63.5 81.0 QRS + P 60.4 91.4 77 62.4 81.6 QRS + T 61.3 91.2 76.7 63.0 82.3 QRS + P + T 61.1 92.3 77.7 64.2 83.0 Table 2.
Benefits include lower labour costs associated with dagging and shearing, and the animals are less prone to fly strike and dags.
Shearing before the main risk period where possible, dagging around the back end at other times, especially if there is faecal staining and adhesion, careful management of wounds to avoid infection and foot trimming to help control footrot/ovine digital dermatitis which can also attract the blowfly.
Now, I called that 'dagging' which is in itself a dialect word from somewhere, but the old man who came to lean on the gate - you can be working on with sheep five miles from nowhere and an old man will materialise from the thin air to watch you - remarked that I was 'cowing' the ewes, he doubted.
He says getting rid of it reduces parasite problems, and eliminates sharing, dagging, crutching and cleaning bellies before sending sheep for slaughter.