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The sad loss of Johnny Wilson

We are sorry to have to report that three times International Sheepdog Trials Supreme Champion, Johnny Wilson, from Selkirk in Scotland died during the night on Friday 12th August, the day before he was due to run in the ISDS Scottish Nationals at Cambletown in Argyll.
Johnny has been a top rated Sheepdog breeder and trainer in Scotland for many years and is well respected for his kindness and ability to produce and train first class dogs. During his lifetime of working with Border Collies, Johnny won many titles, trophies and accolades for breeding and trialing. His last win at the International was in 2003 with 'Maid', where along with the title he took away a total of 13 trophies.
Johnny Wilson's name will live on through his dogs, a legacy he has given to the world of Border Collies - a legacy that is now worldwide through the progeny of his bloodline. His reputation as a good and kind hearted dog man will also live on and hopefully prove an inspiration to others in the future. Proof that success can be achieved without exploitation. Proof that kindness reaps its own rewards.
A man who loved the breed and the shepherds craft and a man who truly cared about its future, Johnny Wilson was one of the greats. He will be sadly missed by those who shared his ideals.
Our condolences are respectfully offered to his family and friends.

Border Collie sold for record price at auction in Skipton.

A young Border Collie bitch has been sold for a record bid of £3,300 at auction in a North Yorkshire market town. She is now thought to be the most expensive sheepdog in Britain.   Cass, or Lynwood Cassie,  attracted the interest of around 2000 farmers, shepherds and sheepdog enthusiasts form all over the UK when she came up for sale in Skipton. Bidding was fierce and she eventually went to a bid from farmer Paul Evans from Ross - on - Wye, Herefordshire.
Cass, is a flecked tricolour - black, white and tan. She has proved her worth at sheepdog trials and has regularly outdone dogs much older and more experienced. It is her extraordinary talent at such a young age that has made her such a valuable lass.
Her new owner, Paul Evans, describes her as 'a natural' and said that he immediately knew she was the one he wanted. He is convinced that she will go on to be a top trialing dog and, as a precaution, Paul  has had her kennel fitted out with cameras and alarms to deter thieves and envious competitors.
Auctioneer, Jeremy Eaton, who handled the sale says that good dogs regularly go for between £1,500 and £2,500, but to his knowledge, Cass is the first to go for a price in excess of £3.000.


The Meat and Livestock Commission release the 2nd edition of their information leaflet -

'Essential Sheep Dog Matters'

The Meat and Livestock Commission in the UK have updated their leaflet No 5 - 'Essential Sheep-Dog Matters' to include 8 pages of general Welfare Advice from Border Collie Rescue.
The original leaflet, published in 1999, included information on sheepdog buying, rearing and training by BCR member Viv Billingham- Parkes.
Dr. Jenny Anderson, who is the MLC sheep scientist and is in charge of the leaflet project, invited BCR to submit information on welfare issues to broaden the scope of the leaflet.
BCR members Nicki Oliver, Roy Goutté and Mike Cooke, together with BCR consultant Veterinarian Paul Roger supplied advice and information on a wide variety of welfare issues for consideration, which now appears in the publication.
This free leaflets covers Buying, Rearing and Training the WSD by Viv Billingham-Parkes. Dogs and Worms - a contribution by David Henderson PhD BVMS MRCVS of the Moredun Foundation. Vaccination for Sheepdogs  - a contribution by Claire Targett MA VetMB MRCVS of Intervet UK. The BCR contribution covers Accommodation - Feeding and diet - Neutering / spaying / breeding - Euthanasia and General Care and Husbandry with a specific article on 'The Importance of Good Bloodlines in the Border Collie' by Roy Goutte and Inherited Defects in Border Collies by Paul Roger MRCVS
The leaflet also includes useful addresses and contacts for the collie owner - pet or worker..
The BCR information is available on this website by clicking the names of the articles in the above paragraphs.
The leaflet was originally produced by the Commission as part of a series on Sheep Management Matters and is No 5 in the Range. It was initially aimed at farmers and shepherds but the information it contains makes is very useful to Pet owners as well. It proved so popular in 1999 that a re-print was needed. Following the advice in this leaflets would improve the quality of life for thousands of Border Collies. It is a big step towards settling some controversial welfare issues.
The leaflet is free and is directly available from Border Collie Rescue. Please send two first class stamps to cover postage or include a C4 sized SAE. 

A very useful 28 page illustrated colour publication for any BC owner.


Aled Owen opens New Sheepdog Centre and Agri Theatre in Wales.  

We are pleased to be able to announce that, after many setbacks due to Foot and Mouth disease,  Aled Owen - International Sheepdog Trials Champion 1999 & 2000 - has now opened his new Sheepdog Centre and Agri-Theatre in Denbighshire, in the heart of rural North Wales between Betws-y-Coed and Llangollen, adding a new facility and opportunity for the public to learn more about the Working Sheepdog, its environment and farming practices.

Aled tells us the centre will make for a great family day out that is both educational and entertaining and Ewe-Phoria has certainly been planned with all this in mind, boasting a Café which serves morning coffee, lunches and afternoon tea.

The centre also has a Gifts & Crafts shop with locally made items for sale, a Picnic Area where you can relax by the river with excellent views of the surrounding countryside and a Children's Play Area - under cover to keep the children happy and including a bouncy castle The site also has full Disabled Access to all the displays and an ample Car Park adjacent to the entrance.
The centre is normally open 5 days a week - closed Mondays & Tuesdays (except Bank Holidays), from Easter to October, but is open  7 days a week during school holidays.
The experience promises to be a fascinating insight into the work of the shepherd and his sheepdog featuring Sheepdog demonstrations which are held at 11.00am and 1.30pm (and 3.30pm during summer holidays), allowing you to experience at close hand the world of the shepherd, his sheep, and his sheepdogs.

Demonstrations are performed by Aled Owen or Iolo Jones, and last between 1 and 1½ hours.

Other activities include demonstrations of Sheep Shearing where you can learn about the techniques involved and see for yourself how its done, an opportunity to Meet the lambs and puppies (when there is a litter) and watch the Ram parade on the specially built Agri Stage where you can see the different breeds of sheep and learn about their characteristics (which breed has the best fleece of wool to make a sweater?)

During the spring you will have the chance to see lambs being born in the lamb rearing shed, and bottle feed the pet lambs (but not this year due to Foot & Mouth precautions).

For those with a keen interest in working with sheepdogs Aled also runs sheepdog handling courses

The address of the new centre is - 
Ewe-Phoria, Glanrafon, Llangwm, Corwen, Denbighshire, North Wales
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