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[The School of Shepherds of the Murcia Region, based in the Caracas district of Archivel, starts with the first 10 courses to train in the profession (04/01/2021)

| The school will start in March, with a program of 10 courses, of 30 hours each, that will show the apprentices of this trade theoretical and practical questions of great importance for understanding pastoralism | The objective of this pioneering project in the Region is to professionalize and highlight the environmental sustainability values ??of this activity as a source of opportunities for the rural environment, which creates employment among young people and helps to fix the population.

The mayor, the Minister of Agriculture, together with those responsible for the Segureño National Sheep Association and the councilors involved, have held a working meeting to finalize the training plan "To provide this facility with planned and continued activity was a joint objective of the Government of the Murcia Region, the City Council and the Segureño Sheep Association, since since 2015 the school was without the use for which it was projected ", has pointed out Jos Francisco Garc a The School of Shepherds of the Region of Murcia, based in the Caravacan district of Archivel, starts with the first 10 theoretical-practical courses that will deepen in various aspects related to this profession.

Fundamental n of the primary sector.

This has been announced by the mayor of Caravaca de la Cruz, José Francisco Garc a; the Minister of Water, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and the Environment, Antonio Luengo, and the president of the Segureño National Sheep Association (ANCOS), Jos Puntas, after the working meeting held in which The councilors of Agriculture, Livestock and Pedan as, Jos Antonio Garc a, and the councilor for Employment and the Environment, Ana Bel n Mart nez, have also participated.

"To provide use, with a continuous training plan, to this facility that since its creation five years ago had remained without activity was an objective of the municipal government team, which has been achieved thanks to the involvement direct from the Government of the Region of Murcia and the representatives of the Segureño sheep breeders ", the mayor highlighted, after the meeting held.

Jos Francisco Garc a has pointed out that the objectives are to "dignify, professionalize and highlight the values ??of environmental sustainability of this activity as a source of opportunities for the rural environment, which creates employment and helps establish population".

"Archivel is a reference in the Region with a pioneering project that has offered good results in other communities such as Andalusia, the Canary Islands or the Basque Country," he pointed out.

"The training activity of the School of Shepherds of the Region of Murcia begins next March.

For this, ten courses have been designed, of 30 hours each, which will be spread over 15 te rich and 15 practices, which will show the apprentices of this trade very diverse issues and of great importance for the knowledge of herding ", as explained by the Minister of Water, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Environment Environment, Antonio Luengo.

For its design and execution, there will be personnel from the Specialized Center for Agricultural and Livestock Professional Training (CIFEA) of Lorca, dependent on the Department of Agriculture and Water of the Autonomous Community of the Murcia Region, which has assumed the coordination of the training, together with the Segureño National Sheep Association based at the School of Shepherds.

Thus, the training proposed includes as topics the animal and the facilities, the feeding and ethology, the health, the productive and reproductive management, the traceability and the records, the animal welfare of the ruminants, the manipulation and application of biocides in livestock facilities, the initiation of beekeeping, the artisan production of goat cheese, as well as the knowledge and use of phytosanitary products.

"In this way we make available to those who want to advance in the professionalization of grazing tools and knowledge necessary to take control of an operation with all the security guarantees," explained Luengo, adding that "the incorporation of young people to this profession is promoted, contributing to the enhancement and promotion of their profitability, which also allows social roots in rural environments, favoring the creation of employment and wealth ".

A pioneering project in facilities financed with European rural development funds, which is endowed with activity It should be remembered that the School of Shepherds has as general objectives the study and dissemination of the pastoral culture of the Segureño sheep breed within a framework of social, economic and environmental sustainability.

And as specific objectives to promote and coordinate training actions, encourage the diversification of the activity, encourage the incorporation of young people and women, enhancement of pastoralism and the figure of the shepherd, differentiation of quality products, obtaining technical-economic social and environmental data from livestock farms, transfer and dissemination of results.

"All this work would not be possible without the coordination, interest and joint work between the regional government and the Caravaca de la Cruz City Council, committed to maintaining the infrastructure and promoting the objectives of the same, as well as the National Association of Segureño Sheep Breeders, with which we have been working for years to develop these training courses ", highlighted the counselor responsible for the area in the regional Executive.

The facilities of the School of Shepherds have been equipped since 2015 and were carried out with a financing of 160,000 euros from the agricultural funds of rural development EAFRD.

The building has an administrative part, which is also the headquarters of the association that groups together the Segureño sheep breeders in the Region, where the different aids are managed, and with a training room.

"This project is an example of how European funds reach the population base, benefiting the development of extensive livestock farming, so necessary for the maintenance of the rural population, but needed for years endow it with activity and we have been working towards this goal and we will continue to do so to consolidate it, "said the mayor of Caracas.

The Segureño lamb Sheep farming is of great importance at a socio-economic level in the Northwest Region, since it has a large census of sheep raised with a traditional production system rooted in rural areas, integrated into nature.

and, therefore, respectful with the environment.

The Segureño lamb has been included since 2011 within the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO).

It is bred in certain areas of Murcia, as is the case in the municipality of Caravaca de la Cruz, and other points in the provinces of Albacete, Almer a, Granada and Ja n.

It is a breed characterized by its high rusticity and high productive levels, which has allowed it to maintain significant levels of purity in the difficult environment in which it develops, to which other Spanish or foreign introduced breeds have not adapted.

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Source: Ayuntamiento de Caravaca de la Cruz

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