After breakfast, we had a bumpy ride to a sheep farm, where Tom Nee demonstrated one of his sheep dogs, Prince. There are simple commands which Prince could apparently hear from several hundred yards away. Come by = left; Away = right; Walk on = straight; stand = slow down; STAND! = stop; look = look around (something wrong). The dog had incredible energy, and was eager to work. With whistle commands, the dog can be directed from a mile away.
Tom told us that a fully trained dog may go for €20000. Performance is inherited mainly through the mother. A working dog must have must have stamina, strength, and intelligence. Competitions are just a social event among farmers. A champion competition dog may be worthless in the field due to lack of stamina.
Wool no longer pays due to competition from synthetics, so sheep are raised for meat. The wool must still be sheared annually, and is sold for insulation or fuel.