First EU Shepherds Newsletter Published Aug 2021

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The first newsletter of the EU4Shepherds Project has been published. Find out about shepherd training in Germany, Bulgaria, Austria, Portugal, Spain and Romania. Click here to access the newsletter.

All the partners are continuing to work with shepherds and trainers to identify the training needs for shepherds in the 21st century. Due to COVID we have not  been able to meet in person yet but we hope that the situation will allow us to meet up and share best practice very soon.

We will post details of developments in this project on the website and on our social media channels. You can also engage with the project through the EU4Shepherds website.

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