LIFE OF A SHEPHERD

Life of a Shepherd

A shepherd or sheepherder is a person who tends herds, feeds, or guards’ herds of sheep. Sheepherding is among the oldest occupations, beginning some 5,000 years ago. Sheep were kept for their milkmeat and especially their wool. In many societies, shepherds were an important part of the economy. Unlike farmers, shepherds were often wage earners, being paid to watch the sheep of others. Shepherds also lived apart from society, being largely nomadic…. Shepherds would normally work in groups either looking after one large flock, or each bringing their own and merging their responsibilities. They would live in small cabins, often shared with their sheep, and would buy food from local communities, for a shepherd his flock of sheep’s are his friend’s. Less often shepherds lived in covered wagons that travelled with their flocks. Food planned for the flock. One of the principal duties at all seasons of the year is for the shepherd to plan food for his flock. In the springtime there is an abundance of green pasture, and usually the sheep are allowed to graze near to the village where the shepherd’s home is located. After the grain is reaped, and the poor have had an opportunity to glean what is left for them, then the shepherd brings in his flock, and the sheep feed on certain fresh growths, or dried blades, or an occasional ear of grain that the reapers may have left, or was overlooked by the gleaners. When this source of food is exhausted then the pasture is sought in other places. Sheep’s have always been valuable because of the important products that are derived from them. Life of a shepherd is quite tough but peaceful and adventurous.

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