Cooperative Extention to teach how to use dogs as livestock herders June 24
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 9:23 am

CANTON -- Cornell Cooperative Extension will hold an organizational meeting for farmers and other dog owners interested in learning how to use their dogs to herd their livestock.

The group will meet about once a week during the summer and fall.

In addition, the group may plan some workshops with professional trainers on one or two weekends.

Farmers use herding dogs to move groups of livestock into the barn or from pasture to pasture.

Common breeds used for herding include the border collie, Australian shepherd, Australian cattle dog, and corgis.

The stockdog training group will use lambs from the Extension flock for practicing in a newly renovated ring.

Beginner dogs and owners are welcome. The group may also try some agility work when the equipment is available.

The organizational meeting will be Thursday, June 24 at 7 p.m. at the Extension Learning Farm, Rt. 68 in Canton.

The group can decide which evening will work for the most people and set up class times.

If you are interested but can’t attend the meeting, call Betsy Hodge at the Extension Office at 379-9192.