Eco-livestock keepers – living the good life

A picture says more than a thousand words……as I have been raving so much about the benefits (and beauty) of livestock keeping as practiced by Rajasthan’s Raika pastoralists, I’ll just share some images from our last visit to our dang, the group of mobile shepherds that we are following in regular intervals throughout the year.

At the crack of dawn, the sheep flocks go on their first round of grazing.

At the crack of dawn, the sheep flocks go on their first round of grazing.

Its early morning and the adult sheep have already gone on their first round of grazing. The women start preparing for breakfast

While they are out, the women start preparing for breakfast.

The goats, kept mostly to provide extra milk to lambs, are herded separately.

The goats, kept mostly to provide extra milk to lambs, are herded separately.

Baddl, 5 years old and currently the youngest member of the dang, has just woken up.

Badl, 5 years old and currently the youngest member of the dang, has just woken up.

Preparations for making butter from the sheep milk that was collected at night

Preparations for making butter from the sheep milk that was collected at night

Manju pases with her friends.

Manju poses with her friends.

Mobile dairy: churning butter from last night's milk.

Mobile dairy: churning butter from last night’s milk.

Badl says good morning to the other kids on the block.

Badl says good morning to the other kids on the block.

By the time, water has been fetched from a distant well, the sheep flocks have returned.

By the time water has been fetched from a distant well, the sheep flocks have returned.

Time for more milking.

Time for more milking.

Some high yielding does get are hand-fed to keep them in the peak of their health and production.

Some high yielding does get are hand-fed to keep them in the peak of their health and production.

All animals are given a regular check-up to note any possible problems - here hooves are checked for thorns.

All animals are given a regular check-up to note any possible problems – here hooves are checked for thorns.

When the animals are taken care of, there is time for personal care also.

When the animals are taken care of, there is time for personal care also.

The patel is giving instructions to the group, as he is going to Delhi to receive a national award.

The patel is giving instructions to the group, as he is going to Delhi to receive a national award.

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About ikrweb

I'm a researcher, writer and activist passionately believing in animal cultures rather than animal industries. Since about 20 years I have been making my home among the Raika, the traditional camel and sheep herders of Rajasthan in India, and observed how their life has been changing... how economic development, forest policies, population growth and other factors are impacting their traditional way of life. With the help of my colleagues from Lokhit Pashu-Palak Sansthan (www.lpps.org) and League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development (www.pastoralpeoples.org) I have been trying to support them in their struggle for cultural and economic survival. On this blog I would like to chronicle some of these efforts.
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3 Responses to Eco-livestock keepers – living the good life

  1. Waw!
    The laws of life are so simply told in these pictures!
    Thanks Dr Ilse for sharing these photographs.

  2. A.E.Nivsarkar says:

    Very nice photographs. Remind me of my college days

  3. Pingback: Shepherds going to Malva request help from LPPS against robbers | Lokhit Pashu-Palak Sansthan

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