Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: UK: Wales
Front Page 
World 
UK 
Northern Ireland 
Scotland 
Wales 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Sport 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 
Friday, 10 December, 1999, 00:27 GMT
Visitors seek sheep dog expertise

Sheep farmers Sheep dog trainers will offer the benefit of their experience


A deputation from the Pyrenees is due to arrive in north Wales to discover the craft of sheep dog training.

The use of sheep dogs is fast disappearing in the Pyrenees as the motorbike has grown in popularity to collect sheep.

Rural depopulation has also played a part in the decline of dog use.

The visitors will be guests at Pandy Farm, near Bala, to see how Marilyn McNaught teaches dogs.

Mrs McNaught has presented Wales in sheep dog trials in the past and has visited the Pyrenees to teach about sheep dogs and sheep dog training.

A number of dogs from the Bala area have been exported to the region over the years.

The visit has been organised by Cymad who run a European Leader Two project in Gwynedd.

June Jones of Cymad said she hoped to establish Bala as a centre of excellence for sheep dog training which could give a tourism boost to the area.

The first official sheep dog trial ever was held near Bala over 100 years ago.

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE

Internet links:

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites
Links to other Wales stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Wales stories