Sheep-Dog Trials on the Ring of Kerry, Ireland
The sheep-dog demonstration at Caitins is one of the most unusual - and popular - sights on the Ring of Kerry. Local farmer Brendan Ferris will introduce you to his sheep dogs. In the distance, a flock of sheep can be seen widely dispersed on the side of the mountain behind him.
Brendan then gives a fascinating demonstration of how sheep dogs are used to bring in the sheep on real farms. Responding to Brendan's whistled commands, the dogs guide the sheep downwards. Miraculously, by the end of the demonstration all the sheep are calmly gathered in a pen beside you.
A lively question-and-answer session follows. The dogs are the real stars of the show. They obviously love their work and listen in to Brendan, panting happily after another successful demonstration. There's usually at least one person asking whether they're for sale. Answer: no!
Finally, you can pat and examine the sheep. The flock includes a number of rare breeds and Brendan will answer any questions you have about them.
The show loops continuously until midday so you can arrive any time between 9:30 am and 11:30 am from May to September. Contact us for further information or details.