Byline: TIM BUGLER
IT is an ancient skill that has been passed down through the ages from father to son in the glens of Scotland.
But now the art of shepherding is moving into the realms of higher education.
Sheepdog handling is being taught on a yearlong course at Oatridge Agricultural College, West Lothian.
Six students have been selected and if they pass they will be awarded a Scottish Vocational Qualification 'degree'.
The course has been devised by shepherd Sion Barrington and Edinburgh vet Gill Simpson. Mr Barrington, who has been looking after sheep since 1966, was approached two years ago by the Scottish Qualifications Authority …