Friday, 12 March 2010

"Pasturing" sheep

On the way down from Hammerhead we saw a young girl, maybe 10 years old, herding her family's sheep on the mountainside. No wonder we see such thin animals on the VETCAP's; its probably a wash whether the nutrition gained from eating the sparse vegetation balances out the animals' energy spent climbing through such difficult terrain. I'm starting to see villagers green chop the wheat fields and carry the foot long cuttings back to the villages; I'm assuming the winter stores of animal feeds are about done and this is the next step for their animal care. Actually the green chop will probably be better for the animals than the corn stalks that make up the bulk of the winter ration. I'm surpised the villagers don't graze their animals onthe winter wheat, as is commonly practiced in the US.

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