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Young Shepherds Win Trip to France

Published Wednesday, 5th June 2013 in Study at SRUC news

David Colthart

Two SRUC “students” are to represent Scotland in the national finals of the Young Shepherd of the Year competition.

David Colthart from Perthshire and Ian Christie from Ballater were placed first and second in the recent Scottish heat. It was held in Dingwall during the successful Highland Sheep event organised by the National Sheep Association. The pair also qualified for the European Young Shepherds Challenge, held this year in France.

David Colthart, who was also the highest placed under 21 year old, graduates this year, having just completed his degree in Agriculture at Edinburgh. He is taking up the post of under-shepherd at Atholl Estates, Pitlochry in Perthshire. Ian Christie graduated from Aberdeen a couple of years ago and was the winner of the first AgriScot competition. Both men had to show skills involved with sheep shearing, ATV handling, selecting prime lambs for slaughter, foot care, worming, flock management and animal health.

“We wanted 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 organiser Dave Turner, former Head of Agriculture at Oatridge.

The event was open to all young people in the industry (not only shepherds) aged 26 or under on September 4, 2013. Entry was free but the winner took away a cash prize of £300 (plus an additional £100 for the highest placed competitor under 21), with £200 going to the runner-up and £100 for third place. That was shared, by Martin Scott and Gavin MacDonald. The pair travelling to France and Tech Ovin in Bellac for the European event on September 3rd & 4th, will have their travelling, overnight expenses and meals paid.

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