Andalusian Shepherds School - Spain

The Andalusian Shepherds School is a training project looking to increase generational relay in rural areas. The project involves traditional and innovative knowledge, together with environmental aspects linked to pastoral livestock.

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Project summary: 

The Andalusian Shepherds School annual 540-hour training course is aimed at people who want to work in pastoral or extensive livestock farming. Theoretical knowledge on health, production, economics and marketing is combined with internships.
The School is itinerant, changing location every year. This allows for activities with children and young people in schools and colleges across the region, as well as open days for local farmers and technicians.
This forms a transversal framework linked to gender equality and the collaboration of all relevant institutions covering pastoral livestock in Andalusia.
The school is primarily funded by EAFRD under the RDP, with additional national and regional support.

Project results: 

The project so far trained 129 students, out of which 30 were women. In addition, 130 shepherds have been trained to give practical classes to students.
Between 60-90% of the total number of trained students settled in pastoral livestock farming. Current demand is triple the number of places available, with each course having more applicants.
There is a strong media coverage and the project is recognised at regional, national and international levels as a model of training for livestock farmers of the future.