What is Herding?

Herding is an ancient way of moving with livestock through landscapes.

Herders in Kyrgyzthan. Photo courtesy Mark Michel

Herding is practiced throughout the world by indigenous peoples and other communities, especially where crops and plant food cannot be grown.

Herders in Tolconi, Peru. Photo courtesy of Mark Michel

Herding is not restricted to the Global South or developing countries. It is an important part of European cultural heritage and is increasingly recognized for its positive impact on the environment.

German shepherds demonstrating for support in Berlin. Photo courtesy Ilse Köhler-Rollefson

Herding requires a close relationship and excellent communication between people and animals.

Raika herders in Rajasthan, India. Photo courtesy Ilse Köhler-Rollefson

Herding is a solar-powered way of food production that has a low carbon foot print, if any, and can also restore the land.

Herding it is a way of producing food within planetary boundaries; it conserves biodiversity while also providing human nutrition.

Raika camel herder

Herding is a #cruelty-free way of keeping livestock and its products are an ethical alternative to purely plant based diets.

Yak herders in Tajikistan. Photo courtesy Santiago Benitez

Herding deposits organic fertilizer directly on the field.

Black Deccani sheep of Kuruba pastoralists in Karnataka (India) penned for fertilizing a field.
Photo courtesy of Ilse Köhler-Rollefson

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