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Sheepdog Demonstrations

Overview

When you live in Scotland you tend to get a bit bored about seeing sheep and sheepdogs, but we have to admit that the sheepdog demonstrations at Leault Farm were something that we thoroughly enjoyed.

The sheepdog demonstration lasts for ~45 minutes and during this time you get to meet the dogs, learn about their training and gain an understanding about the commands used to control them. Neil Ross, the shepherd, uses a team of ~10 sheepdogs and each dog has its own set of whistle commands so that they can be individually directed. It is quite a mind boggling bit of multi-tasking.

If you want to get a bit more hands on, you can take a shot at hand shearing a sheep the old fashioned way with a large pair of shears. Depending on the season, you can also have some fun with hand feeding the new lambs from baby bottles. This is an entertaining spectacle as the lambs nudge and jostle with the sheepdog pups to get their share of the milk.

We were particularly lucky with the timing of our visit in early June, because we were there in time to see the sheepdog pups having their first outing with Mum & Dad on the job. The pups are so cute that you will find it hard to resist taking them home and it is great fun to watch the interaction between the spring lambs and the pups.

For more details, visit their website.

Address:

Leault Farm, Kincraig, PH21 1LZ . Tel: 01540 651402

Operated by:

Independent

Opening Hours:

1 June - 31 October: 4 pm everyday except Saturdays By arrangement at other times. It is worth contacting the farm as they often do demonstrations for coach parties and you may be able to tag along with one of these.

Admission:

Adults: £7.50 / Child: £3

Parking:

Yes

Languages:

Scottish!

Accessibility:

The demonstration takes place in a field adjacent to where you park your car. The ground is uneven, but it shouldn't pose a problem. Wheelchair users should be fine as you don't need to go far and the demonstration can be watched from the car parking area

Toilets:

No

Shop:

No

Cafe/Restaurant:

No

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