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animal husbandry: [3 results]

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II-051b A01 jobs: Introduction. A shepherd who has been many years in the Irati. He talks about the shearing.They used to begin shearing on the fourteenth of May. They would enjoy it because they would get together with other shepherds and they would sing and laugh a lot. As well as wine they would have lamb. At that time there were no roads. As soon as they left the hut they would sing and shout. There were a lot of shepherds and the master would come up by mule. He would take flour to make pancakes. During the period of the shearing some people would not bother to milk the sheep. Anecdote.
II-051b A03 jobs: They brought the sheep up in May and later, they came back down about the fifteenth of July to shear them. At that time there was no road to allow up the machine and the shepherds would come together at the huts and there was no kitchen for cooking.There was two hours walk from the hut down to the house. The following morning they would start the shearing at dawn. To bring the sheep down again they would put on bells. At the shearing there was always a bit of a party and there still is. In the evening they would sing and play cards and sometimes, they would spend the whole night at cards and start shearing the next morning without having gone home. So as not to leave his friends he has sometimes left the sheep unmilked. (21:08") Pedro, a shepherd from Iba˝eta: how they have problems to bring down the wool, because of the customs officers they would shear the sheep above. They would make more profit by shearing below but, at least for some people, there are customs controls when you carry the wool.
II-051b A04 jobs: (23:45") They began in the morning and they stopped at midday and they continued to come down in the evening. They needed about seven hours to bring the sheep down. The following day they sheared them. In the evening they would take them half way and from there they went on alone. There was no tradition of shearing up in the hills because there were no cars. The huts were far away off the road and it was costly to take the wool out to the road.They began to shear the sheep at six in the morning and they would do it quickly. Each shearer would do about twenty sheep. One shepherd sheared ninty-six sheep in a day on his own.They still do the shearing by hand. The new machines are very expensive.