Kells Sheep Dog Trials
Date: Everyday in Summer April, May, June, July, August, September 2017 Destination: Caitins Kells Author: Mary Walsh
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.