WTCH HOF Las Rocosa Merlin Hart CD, RDX, ATDh, an Australian Shepherd working sheep at the Fort Ellis Research Station near Bozeman Montana.

As of January 1, 2010 there were 5.63 million head of sheep in the United States. That’s down from a peak of 56 million in the 1940s. Yet, sheep herding is growing in popularity as a sport. And “It gets more popular every year,” said Francis Raley, secretary of the United States Border Collie Handler’s Association. On any given weekend sheepdog trials are held throughout North America. Furthermore, pleasure farmers and hobby ranchers are learning the value of a having a good sheepdog dog to help them manage their sheep at home. 

See also Sheep Ranching on the Open Range:

To learn how to train stockdogs to work sheep please refer to the book Stockdog Savvy (Alpine Publications) by Jeanne Joy Hartnagle-Taylor and Ty Taylor:

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