DeKalb County Animal Adoption Agency
Written by Carol Beddingfield
In the early 1800’s most farmers did not have dogs for
pets. Every animal had a job or purpose
on the farm.
Different breeds were used to help with herding the
livestock. Stockdog trails began in Great Britain
as a way for shepherds to settle bragging rights over who had the best dog.
Stockdogs are still used on farms today. However, a lot of owners raise them only to
compete for titles.
The Sweet Seasons Farm at Valley Head will host a sanctioned
stockday trial on October 3rd and 4th beginning at 8:00
AM each day.
Trials such as this one using international rules are now
held all over the world. The judge for
the Sweet Seasons Farm event will be Michael Schofield from Surrey, Great Britain.
Farm trials are very informal in nature. Richard and Paulette Manning encourage
everyone to bring a lawn chair; mingle with the competitors; and ask questions.
The Manning’s farm is a beautiful setting to watch the
border collies demonstrate their skills in herding sheep. The winner will compete in the national
An admission fee of $5.00 will be charged by the DeKalb
County Animal Adoption Agency. Sweet
Seasons Farm is located at 2339
County Road 608, Valley Head.
The award winning VFW Fair is now through October 3rd. Gates open at 5:00 PM daily and at 10:00 AM
for kids’ day on Saturday.
The Chamber congratulates Charles Stephens and his
hardworking crew for another successful fun-filled fair.