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Date: 12th February 2018

Following the successful introduction of sheep dog training at Newton Rigg College, York-based Agriculture students have been given the opportunity to gain skills in the traditional vocation by the International Sheep Dog Society.

The leading land-based college, which offers courses in Agriculture from entry to degree level, has welcomed the ISDS on campus to encourage Agriculture students to learn the long-established skills in sheep dog handling.

Before starting the training, The College’s shepherd Jack Hampshire selected suitable sheep from the on-site farm for the students to work with and the ISDS supported Training Provider Jackie Goulder in providing dogs for the students.

The ISDS, which has over 6,000 members worldwide, are keen to encourage young people working towards agricultural qualifications to challenge what is thought to be an unnecessary skill, using dogs to manage farm stock.

Jackie, who has been training sheep dogs for over thirty years, said:

“Despite technological advancements in agriculture and farming, using sheep dogs to manage stock is just as effective as it was a century ago.  From skills in giving commands effectively to building a relationship with your dog, the training not only gives insight into the traditions of the industry, but is fantastic for students careers prospects, too.”

Askham Bryan students are taking full advantage of the weekly sessions, with some eager to bring their own dogs from home on campus to learn the tricks of the trade.

Providing the continuation of interest and the finding of available space on campus, the College will be looking into investing in its own kennels to enable students the opportunity to work with their own dogs as well as those provided by the ISDS.

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