Young Shepherds Hone Skills for International Competition
August 15, 2014

With the Second World Young Shepherd Challenge just six weeks away, U.S. competitors, Danielle Buskohl from Wyndmere, N.D., and Woody Babcock from Corvallis, Ore., are brushing up on their skills to be able to best represent the United States.

"Both contestants have great enthusiasm and a strong desire to represent their country to the best of their abilities," said Burdell Johnson, chair of the American Sheep Industry Association's (ASI) Young Entrepreneurs Committee. "Dani and Woody have been reviewing the available information and spending time honing their skills."

The two-day competition will be held in France on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Sixteen countries have confirmed that they will be sending young shepherds to participate in this event. The contest will include a pentathlon of activities designed to test shepherding skills including sorting sheep, handling and crutching techniques and shearing. They will also be quizzed on sheep breeds, flock management and health issues.

Donations supporting the participation of the United States in this international competition are being received and are still welcome. Sponsors will be acknowledged in the Sheep Industry News as well as during the 2015 ASI Convention. Checks can be made out to "ASI - YE" and sent to ASI - YE, 9785 Maroon Circle, #360, Englewood, CO 80112.