Search is on for top shepherd

Youngsters with an interest in working with sheep will have the opportunity of qualifying for the finals of the NSA Scotsheep 2012 Shepherd of the Year award at a series of regional eliminations in May.

Four finalists will be selected at each of three qualifying events to take part in the finals at NSA Scotsheep 2012, to be held at the Morrisons Farm at Dumfries House, Cumnock, Ayrshire, on Wednesday, June 6.

“We want to encourage more youngsters in their teens and early twenties to take part in the competition, which is designed to help those seeking to pursue a career in the sheep industry to hone their skills in sheep husbandry and management,” said former Oatridge College head of agriculture Dave Turner, who is organising the competition as a member of the NSA Scotsheep committee. “The opportunity to participate in a local elimination will allow more youngsters to take part in the competition. The top four from each regional competition will qualify to compete for the accolade of NSA Scotsheep Shepherd of the Year, with the winner and runner-up qualifying for the national competition at NSA Sheep 2012 at Malvern on July 4.”

The regional qualifying events take place at Oatridge College, Broxburn, on Thursday, May 17; Barony College, Dumfries, on May 23; and Dunecht Estate, Aberdeen, on Tuesday, May 29.