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LittleHats: Sheepdog trialing information for those getting started in the sport

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Herding on the Web
Today there is an increased interest on the part of individuals who are not a part of the livestock industry but are interested in working with their dogs and helping preserve the abilities of the breeds. Competitive trials have been increasing in number and variety. Stockdogs must cooperate with the handler, yet use their own initiative and judgment. They must be able to work with gentleness, yet show strength in facing up to a stubborn animal. This page has been put together in an effort to provide information and leads for those interested in learning more about these dogs and their background.

The Stockdog Server
Welcome to the all new Stock Dog Server, a service of Whistle & Crook Stock Dog Services. The purpose of this web site is to gather together in one place as much information about herding dogs and as many links to herding and livestock related information as possible. Thus if there is an "official" or comprehensive list of trials, organizations etc. then we point to that list instead of trying to duplicate it.


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MidSouth Stockdog Association Facebook GROUP

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Handlers Post
. Current trial information: entry forms, running orders, waiting lists, scores, dates, locations, trial website links, etc.

Sheepdog-L (Yahoo) email list
The sheepdog list is concerned with training for stockwork and trialing. This is a list to post announcements of herding events, results and discussion narrowly focused on using Border Collies to herd stock.

USBCHA Upcoming Trial page. All trials listed must be approved by the USBCHA secretary. If Trial Managers email entry forms, directions, running orders and trial results to the webmaster, they will be posted here.

Ask an Expert: A USBCC forum in which a "big hat" answers stockdog training questions.

Registries and Associations

ABCA logo American Border Collie Association, the ABCA exists to register, maintain and verify the pedigrees of Border Collies, to promote and foster in North America the breeding, training and distribution of reliable working Border Collies, and to promote stockdog trials and exhibitions. The American Border Collie Association is the premier registry of the border collie in the United States. The ABCA was founded in 1983 to register and promote the working border collie and provides funds to USBCHA trials, including the USBCHA National Cattle and Sheep Finals held annually, as well as other events promoting working dogs, and funding health and genetic research.

United States Border Collie Handlers Association, the USBCHA, working with ABCA, is the sanctioning body for sheep and cattledog trials throughout the United States and Canada. It was founded in 1979 and the first USBCHA National Sheepdog Finals was held that same year. The first USBCHA National Cattledog Finals was held in 2001. Members who qualify at sanctioned Open trials during the year are eligible to compete in the USBCHA National Sheepdog and Cattledog Finals to determine the champion Open dog and handler for that year. The USBCHA's goal is to promote and preserve the working Border Collie, with an emphasis on its amazing ability to control stock in wide open spaces and take commands at great distances, but all breeds may compete at sanctioned trials and in the National Finals.

National Cattle Dog Association, the NCA mission is to encourage efficient, low stress and humane cattle handling by promoting the use and demonstrating the value of well trained cattledogs.

Canadian Border Collie Association, the CBCA is the only registry for purebred Border Collies in Canada, incorporated under the Animal Pedigree Act.

International Sheep Dog Society, the ISDS is a member organisation and registers over 6,000 Border Collie pups every year. It was founded in 1906, with the purpose of "improving the shepherd's dog". It originated in Scotland, but eventually grew to international scope. The ISDS Stud Book was set up in the late 1940s and remains an invaluable list of working sheepdogs and their progeny. The ISDS also works with the veterinary profession to eradicate genetic defects in the Border Collie such as CEA (Collie Eye Anomaly) and PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) through careful breeding and through the use of DNA tests. There are over 300,000 entries in the ISDS Stud Book, and thousands of new entries are added every year, either on the basis of parentage or if a dog has proved itself to be a good working example ("Registered on Merit"). International world Championship trials are held annually.

Australian Working Border Collie Registry (AWBC)

North American Australian Kelpie Registry, Inc. The North American Australian Kelpie Registry, Inc. (NAAKR, Inc.) was established in April 1991. The Registry was created to preserve and maintain pedigrees and records of the Working Australian Kelpie in North America. The Registry urges breeders and owners of the Working Australian Kelpie to maintain breed integrity by preserving the natural working ability, purpose, conformation, temperament and overall good health. On ranches here in North America, as in the Australian bush, the Working Kelpie often works unsupervised, relying on their own wits to find and gather livestock. The Working Kelpie is a keen, active dog always ready to work.

Working Australian Kelpie Club of Canada, Inc. is the Canadian breed club for the Working Australian Kelpie. They encourage and promote quality in the breeding of Australian Kelpies and to do all possible to bring their working ability and natural qualities to perfection.

Border Collie Resources

"All About Border Collies" is presented by the United States Border Collie Club, Inc., and is the oldest and most complete source of border collie information on the internet. The USBCC is dedicated to preserving the Border Collie as a working stock dog; opposing the showing, judging, and breeding of Border Collies based upon their appearance; promoting only careful breeding for the preservation of working ability and the avoidance of genetic defects; and helping Border Collie owners and the public generally to better understand and appreciate the traditional Border Collie, bred for work.

ISDS Border Collie Database (private, not affiliated with ISDS)

The Border Collie Museum

Stockdog Clubs and Associations
(clubs that host USBCHA sanctioned trials)

USBCHA District 1 - western / northwestern USA
Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington

Oregon Sheep Dog Society (OSDS)
Northern California Working Sheepdog Association
Redwood Empire Sheepdog Association (RESDA)
San Joaquin Valley Border Collie Association (SJVBCA)
Washington Association of Stockdog Handlers (WASH)

USBCHA District 2 - western USA
Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming

Mountain & Plains Border Collie Association (CO)
Rocky Mountain Stockdog Association (CO)
Utah Stockdog Association
Wyoming Stock Dog Association

USBCHA District 3 - mid states USA
Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma

Iowa Stock Dog Association (ISDA)
Land of Lincoln Border Collie Association (LOLBCA)
Mid States Stock Dog Association (MO) (MSSDA)
Nebraska Stock Dog Association
Oklahoma Stockdog Association

USBCHA District 4 - southwest USA
Arizona, New Mexico, Texas

High Desert Sheepdog Association
New Mexico Herding Dog Association (NMHDA)
New Mexico Stock Dog Association (NMSDA)
Texas Hill Country Stock Dog Association (THCSDA)
Texas Sheep/Cattle Dog Association

USBCHA District 5 - north central USA
Illiniois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin

Land of Lincoln Border Collie Association (LOLBCA)
Wisconsin Working Stockdog Association (WWSDA)

USBCHA Districts 6 & 7 - east / northeastern USA
District 6 Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia
District 7 Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont

North East Border Collie Association (NEBCA)
Virginia Border Collie Association

USBCHA District 8 - southeastern USA
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee

Georgia Stockdog Association (GSDA)
Mid-South Stockdog Association (MSSDA)
Mississippi Stock Dog Association

USBCHA District 9 - eastern Canada
Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec

Canadian Border Collie Association
Manitoba Stockdog Association
Ontario Border Collie Club

USBCHA District 10 - western Canada
Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territory, Nunavut, Saskatchewan, Yukon

Alberta Stock Dog Association
British Columbia Stock Dog Association
Saskatchewan Stock Dog Association

Herding, Sheep & Livestock Resources

Flock Health - articleFlock Health ~ Beginner's Basic Guide to Raising Sheep by David S. Redwine, DVM (.pdf)

Oklahoma State University Sheep Breed Pages

Operation Sheepdog Herding ~ trial & herding dog supplies

AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup

Premier Sheep ~ sheep & goat supplies

Pipestone Sheep Supplies ~ supplies & livestock resource info

Sheep & Goat Producers List of Apps

American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control

Dewormer Chart for Sheep. This chart was developed by Ray M. Kaplan, DVM, PhD and Lisa Williamson, DVM, MS (University of Georgia) [2014].

Stop Selecting Sissy Sheep! Has the heritability of coping with worms been proven in sheep, and is it high enough to make a difference in a reasonable period of time? Yes. Research done independently has proven conclusively that coping with worms is partly inherited. Although 25 to 30% heritability may not sound like much, it is enough to confidently predict that if selection of rams and culling of ewes for resistance and resilience against parasites is done consistently and correctly, the breeder should see a noticeable difference in the flock within 3 years, and will see a significant improvement within 5 years.

FAMACHA©Online Training Program for FAMACHA© Certification Use of the FAMACHA© system (.pdf) allows small ruminant producers to make deworming decisions based on an estimate of the the level of anemia in sheep and goats associated with barber pole worm (Haemonchus contortus) infection. The barber pole worm is the most economically important parasite affecting sheep and goat production on pasture and the most common cause of anemia during the grazing season in most of the U.S. It has a small “tooth” that lacerates the animal’s stomach (abomasum) wall, and it feeds on the blood that is released. This can result in anemia, (reduction below normal in the number of red cells in the blood) and death.

MSSDA Mission Statement ~ The MSSDA is dedicated to educating our communities about stockdogs and their abilities through dog trial competitions, demonstrations, and monthly meetings where all are welcome to attend.

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