Hohenfelden (dpa/th) - Shepherd Herbert Kind from Königsee has defended his title as state champion of Thuringia in sheep herding. He prevailed against his competitors in Hohenfelden (Weimarer Land district) on Saturday. Kind landed ahead of Gunter Buschmann (Rohr/district Schmalkalden-Meiningen), Burkhard Sautschek (Bad Langensalza/Unstrut-Hainich district) and Andre Bartos (Probstzella/district Saalfeld-Rudolstadt), as breeding director Uwe Erl said.
On the occasion of the 29th Thuringian Shepherd's Day, the shepherds had to complete various stations with their own dogs and a foreign flock. The herd provided the shepherd Gerd Kößler.
As part of the supporting programme, visitors to Shepherd's Day were able to follow a spinning competition and learn about types of sheep shearing. Various sheep and goat breeds were also presented.
The Thüringen herd protection dog department informed about the use of dogs against attacks by wolves. This is a pilot project in Thuringia, in which the owners of grazing animals are instructed and accompanied in the use of herd guard dogs.