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German shepherds call for state support

Shepherds in Brandenburg, Germany have protested for better conditions and an increase in state support, claiming rising costs – especially for leasing grazing land – are pushing many of them towards bankruptcy. The shepherds say their numbers in Brandenburg alone have dropped from more than 200 a decade ago to 77 today, as few young people see a future in the traditional profession.

German shepherds call for state support
A shepherd stands next to a pen of sheep and a sign that reads: 'Whoever aggrieves our shepherds will not get elected again!' during a protest by shepherds for better conditions outside local government offices on April 29, 2014 in Potsdam, Germany. The shepherds are demanding more support from the Brandenburg state as they claim rising costs, especially for leasing grazing land, are pushing many of them towards bankruptcy. According to them the number of full time shepherds in Brandenburg has dropped from over 200 ten years ago to 77 today as few young people see a future in the traditional profession. (Getty Images)
German shepherds call for state support
Joerg Vogelsaenger (C), Brandenburg Minister for Infrastructure and Agriculture, talks to shepherds protesting outside local government offices on April 29, 2014 in Potsdam, Germany. The shepherds are demanding more support from the Brandenburg state as they claim rising costs, especially for leasing grazing land, are pushing many of them towards bankruptcy. According to them the number of full time shepherds in Brandenburg has dropped from over 200 ten years ago to 77 today as few young people see a future in the traditional profession. (Getty Images)
German shepherds call for state support
Young shepherds Hannes Rohrer (L), 7, and Hans Hahnel, 11, stand next to a pen of sheep during a protest by shepherds outside local government offices on April 29, 2014 in Potsdam, Germany. The shepherds are demanding more support from the Brandenburg state as they claim rising costs, especially for leasing grazing land, are pushing many of them towards bankruptcy. According to them the number of full time shepherds in Brandenburg has dropped from over 200 ten years ago to 77 today as few young people see a future in the traditional profession. (Getty Images)
German shepherds call for state support
Joerg Vogelsaenger, Brandenburg Minister for Infrastructure and Agriculture, talks to sheperds protesting outside local government offices on April 29, 2014 in Potsdam, Germany. The shepherds are demanding more support from the Brandenburg state as they claim rising costs, especially for leasing grazing land, are pushing many of them towards bankruptcy. According to them the number of full time shepherds in Brandenburg has dropped from over 200 ten years ago to 77 today as few young people see a future in the traditional profession. (Getty Images)
German shepherds call for state support
A shepherd sheers a sheep during a protest by shepherds outside local government offices on April 29, 2014 in Potsdam, Germany. The shepherds are demanding more support from the Brandenburg state as they claim rising costs, especially for leasing grazing land, are pushing many of them towards bankruptcy. According to them the number of full time shepherds in Brandenburg has dropped from over 200 ten years ago to 77 today as few young people see a future in the traditional profession. (Getty Images)
German shepherds call for state support
Shepherds protest for better conditions outside local government offices on April 29, 2014 in Potsdam, Germany. The shepherds are demanding more support from the Brandenburg state as they claim rising costs, especially for leasing grazing land, are pushing many of them towards bankruptcy. According to them the number of full time shepherds in Brandenburg has dropped from over 200 ten years ago to 77 today as few young people see a future in the traditional profession. (Getty Images)
German shepherds call for state support
Shepherds protest for better conditions outside local government offices on April 29, 2014 in Potsdam, Germany. The shepherds are demanding more support from the Brandenburg state as they claim rising costs, especially for leasing grazing land, are pushing many of them towards bankruptcy. According to them the number of full time shepherds in Brandenburg has dropped from over 200 ten years ago to 77 today as few young people see a future in the traditional profession. (Getty Images)
German shepherds call for state support
A shepherd sheers a sheep during a protest by shepherds outside local government offices on April 29, 2014 in Potsdam, Germany. The shepherds are demanding more support from the Brandenburg state as they claim rising costs, especially for leasing grazing land, are pushing many of them towards bankruptcy. According to them the number of full time shepherds in Brandenburg has dropped from over 200 ten years ago to 77 today as few young people see a future in the traditional profession. (Getty Images)