Shepherd Philip takes on the world

Philip Derryman wins glory for England at a world shepherding competition in New Zealand.

A young farmer from Stockland impressed the judges at a world shepherding competition and narrowly missed out on clinching the top spot.

Philip Derryman, who works on his family farm, travelled to Oamaru in New Zealand to compete in the first ever World Young Shepherd Challenge.

The 23-year-old, who is a member and former chairman of Yarcombe and District Young Farmers’ Club, qualified to represent England after taking part in the NSA Sheep South West Young Shepherd of the Future competition last year.

During the world challenge event, Philip competed against young competitors from 22 countries in five different practical challenges.

He said: “It was brilliant to have an opportunity to go over to New Zealand and meet competitors from across the world.”

Philip and team mate Alistair Graham secured victory for England, being crowned the overall team winners.

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Unfortunately, he lost out by two points to New Zealander Peter Klassen, who walked away with the individual champion title.

Philip says he has learnt a lot from the experience and made many new friends as a result.