Archnetwork is one of 9 organisations across Europe working on the Erasmus+ funded EU4 Shepherds Project. The project will run from 2020 to 2023 and aims to share and create best practice training information for sustainable sheep keeping.
Shepherds have been key to managing the landscape in Europe and providing meat, milk and wool for millennia. Low intensity and environmentally beneficial sheep keeping has many benefits for healthier ecosystems and sustainable rural employment. Training for extensive shepherding, both formal and informal, is very variable across Europe. This project aims to identify what training is currently in place, what opportunities there are to update this training, and to share skills and experiences across Europe.
EU4 Shepherds will run from 2020 until 2023 and aims to develop an updated curriculum for 21st century shepherds, easy acesss training modules, and an online information exchange platform. The project website is being finalised and will be populated with more information as the project progresses.
Our first step is to assess what is currently available for shepherd training and to ask sheep keepers of all kinds and sizes, and trainers for their views on how training should adapt to be relevant for the future. We will share information with shepherds in Scotland and the UK, help to make contacts with extensive shepherds in other countries, and we plan to hold an information event in 2023.
If you are a sheep keeper or if you offer training (formal or informal) to sheep keepers we have a short questionnaire which you can return to us. If you prefer to talk rather than write we are happy to give you a call to listen to your views. Contact Libby Urquhart (libby at archnetwork.org) or Seona Anderson (seona at archnetwork.org) if you would like to find out more about this project.
EU4 Shepherds Project Partners
Agrarian Chamber for Lower Saxony (Germany)
Agricultural University of Plovdiv (Bulgaria)
AREC Agricultural Research Institute (Austria)
UCAEP University College for Agricultural & Environmental Pedagogy (Austria)
Fundation Monte Mediterraneo (Spain)