ShepherdSchool

The project aims to create a training school for new shepherds and livestock breeders, with the objective of promoting pastoralism in rural and mountainous areas, helping to counteract the low generational turnover that plagues this sector, particularly in mountainous and more marginal areas.

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Registrations open until 28/02/2023.

Shepherd schools are already active in many European countries, such as France, Spain, Portugal and Switzerland. The benefits that derive from these activities, as European experiences show, are linked to support for the start-up of new activities in the livestock sector, in particular through the diffusion of the know-how that was once guaranteed within the communities themselves thanks to the widespread presence of livestock farms on the territory, which no longer exist today. The new breeders are therefore having to face, alone and without training, a difficult world full of challenges and uncertainties.

With ShepherdSchool we are giving 24 new shepherds the opportunity to train through 4 different training cycles, which will be combined with an internship period in local farms of about 30 days. The teaching will be carried out mainly by the technical staff of the project partnership.

The theoretical training part will be held in 2023 in Casentino, at the “Officine di Capodarno” Training Centre in Stia; to the aspiring shepherds who will be selected to participate in the school, the project offers free accommodation, at facilities in the Foreste Casentinesi National Park or similar, for the entire duration of the theoretical course. In the internship part, the trainees will stay at the farms involved in the project.

Enrolment in the School is free of charge.

The learners will see their training recognised within the Training and Guidance System of the Region of Tuscany, which is actively involved in the organisation of the school.

Download the PDF with all the information on SHEPHERDSCHOOL

THE TEACHING MODULES

1. BASICS OF BIOLOGY, ANATOMY AND NUTRITION OF ANIMALS IN LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION
2. MANAGEMENT OF PASTURE RESOURCES
3. MANAGEMENT OF GRAZING AND BARN ANIMALS
4. HEALTH MANAGEMENT ON A LIVESTOCK FARM
5. CHARACTERISTICS OF PRODUCTION CHAINS
6. WOOL FROM BY-PRODUCT TO AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT
7. MANAGING CONFLICT WITH PREDATORS: PREVENTION AND PROTECTION ON LIVESTOCK FARMS
8. STARTING A ZOOTECHNICAL ACTIVITY: REGULATORY AND TECHNICAL ASPECTS
9. COMMUNITY AGRICULTURAL POLICY AND REGIONAL AGRICULTURAL AND FORESTRY PLAN: OPPORTUNITIES FOR LIVESTOCK FARMERS
10. THE ROLE OF THE SHEPHERD FOR THE CONSERVATION OF BIODIVERSITY
11. PRODUCTS PROMOTION AND MULTIDISCIPLINARITY OF ZOOTECHNICAL ACTIVITIES AS A FORM OF INCOME SUPPLEMENTATION
12. SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE

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