There might be more shepherds if sliding a hot hatch around a field is part of the job.

Being a shepherd is a difficult job requiring long hours outside and vigilance over your animals. The task was so time-consuming that man took the time to create an entire family of dog breeds to help with the task. Now, a Ford Focus RS has usurped our canine companions by adding some excitement to the age-old job of sheep herding.

 

As the clip above shows, the Focus RS immediately slides into action in the pasture. A combination of the vehicle's speed, honking the horn, and the popping exhaust is enough to send the herd of sheep running. The hot hatch is even maneuverable enough to deal with strays that diverge from the rest of the group.

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This almost certainly isn't the most efficient way to herd sheep, but it looks like a whole lot of fun. Having a second RS to aid in the job would let another person join in the excitement, though.

With a brand new generation Focus already on sale in Europe, we can look forward to a new generation of the Focus ST and, hopefully, Focus RS. Rumours suggest the lesser model would continue to use the current 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder but with additional tuning to boost the existing 252 bhp output. An automatic gearbox is allegedly an option, too.

Source: Ford Tuning Club via Facebook