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Guadalajara needs shepherds to prevent the disappearance of extensive sheep and goat farming

 

The lack of shepherds to drive extensive cattle is an irreversible fact in recent years in provinces such as Guadalajara, where, so that the trade does not disappear, the sheep campaign and the cheese factories are reduced and the mountains and slopes are kept clean, From the Delegation of Agriculture, Water and Rural Development they plan to organize, predictably next June, a shepherding school with workshops and conferences for young people to learn a profession that is in danger of extinction. There are already half a dozen young people interested in participating in these free training sessions.

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Pastoralism represents an intellectual and cultural heritage of great value in our country. Protagonist of a complex economic history, of power and of relationship with the environment, without this activity the current configuration of the Iberian Peninsula cannot be understood.

Extensive livestock farming is an enormously varied economic, cultural and environmental activity, which does not go well due to the concentration and intensification imposed by current markets and policies. Faced with the harsh reality, grazing in the 21st century is torn between intensification and abandonment, trying to survive in conditions in which society barely understands the subtleties of its production model or its irreplaceable role in land management.

Despite everything, in such harsh conditions, different initiatives flourish in our country that work to maintain and transmit the activity, protecting a legacy that will be important for the future, especially in our way of dealing with climate change.