The Haute-Loire is hosting the national herding dog final this Sunday, August 14, next to the Loudes-Chaspuzac aerodrome. 21 finalists compete all day on herds of cattle. Among them, Julien Delabre, breeder in Tence.
Eight years after the final at Mazet-Saint-Voy, Haute-Loire is once again hosting the national final for herding dogs on cattle.
Seven qualifiers took place in France to award the 21 places in the final. The Tençois Julien Delabre and his border collie dog, Oslo, qualified in the Allier by taking second place. The GAEC Vach’mont Bio farmer will be pitted against 20 other breeders for the title of French champion. The Tençois must pass around 9:30 a.m.
What the dogs should do
Competitors must complete a 2 km course driving a batch of 5 heifers in less than 20 minutes. The driver first sends his dog to fetch the cows 400 meters away. The dog, guided by the shepherd, brings the cows back, stabilizes them, makes them pass between barriers and ends with a climb in a cattle truck.
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The passages will be linked from 8 to 17 hours. 55 heifers will be used during the day, i.e. two passages per batch. We will mainly find border collies, but breeders also use the beauceron, the Pyrenean shepherd, the Australian shepherd, the kelpie…
Entertainment all day
Several food-trucks will be set up at lunchtime. And entertainment will accompany the event: make-up for children, horse-drawn carriage rides, inflatable structures, herding dog competition for children on flocks of sheep, and a market for producers and crafts.
Admission is €4 per person.