Shepherds Newsletter March 2022

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All the project partners in the EU4 Shepherd Project are working to collate and share information on shepherd training in Europe and to showcase innovative case studies.

Seona Anderson from Archnetwork and Cara Cameron from Lochview Rural Training attended the project meeting in Andalucia, Spain in December 2021. We agree key elements of a 21st century training manual, share best practice examples from across Europe. We heard about the success of the Livestock Protection project in Austria which is working to mitigate conflict between herders and large carnivores, and about the changes climate change will bring to Alpine Shepherding. We also visited sheep wool and meat collectives to understand their model and how elements could be applied in different countries.

The latest edition of the EU4 Shepherds newsletter includes 9 interviews with shepherds from across Europe. Please click this link to access the newsletter and visit the EU4 Shepherds website to find out more about the project (


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