Aberfeldy and District Annual Sheep Dog Trials and
The Aberfeldy and
District Young Farmers organise the largest sheep dog trials and
shearing competition in Perthshire attracting competitors from all
over Perthshire and further a field for the Annual Sheep Dog Trials
and Shearing Competition.
The event allows the outsider to get a very special
glimpse in to the farming community, the comaraderie and
friendship, the skills and the special ambience that exists
throughout the whole day of sheep dog trials and the shearing
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video of the Aberfeldy and District Annual
Sheep Dog Trials and Shearing
Sheep Dog Trials
On the Friday evening the locals take part in their sheep dog
trials, followed by a day long competition of some of the very best
sheep dogs and handlers in Scotland. In 2012 the Saturday sheep dog
trial started at 7am and ran through the day finishing at 7pm at
night with a run off of the two top dogs.
The sheep dog trial consists of a large field in which the dog
handler walks out with his dog to a stake in front of the judges
where the handler stands with his dog. Four sheep are then released
at the very top of the field, and the dog handler instructs his dog
to run out, as wide as possible to collect the sheep.
The sheep and then driven down the hill to the dog handler,
around the handler and through two gates, back to a small pen,
where the handler and his dog with great skill persuade the sheep
to go in to the pen. Marks are given for each aspect of the
operation from how the dogs run out to collect the sheep, the drive
and penning the sheep.
Hand and Machine Sheep Shearing.
In the large marquee local
shepherds and young farmers compete in shearing sheep, removing the
woolen coats in the fastest and most efficient way possible. There
is a judge for each competitor who carefully note how well each
competitor shears the sheep.
Each sheep's woolen coat should be removed with as few
cuts as possible, and as near to the sheep's skin without doing any
damage (no cuts or grazes) to the sheep. Each coat needs be cut so
the wool fibres are as long as possible for the spinners who will
use it in the production of garments.
The Aberfeldy and District Young Farmers.
This event is one of several events
held through out the year and takes a very considerable amount of
organisation and cooperation. Bolfracks Estate
supply the field, Rimmenie Estate
supplies the sheep, others supply the shearing equipment while many
individuals give up their time to be judges, ferry sheep to the
shearing marquee, release sheep on the hill to manning the bar,
collect gate money, operate the food stall (with very good value
prices) to running the raffle.