The ShaikhSpear Himachal Diary 2016: Cow Grazing Again

Majhot, Himachal Pradesh, India, 11 September 2016, 11:40 am


After a cloudy morning, the sky cleared up and we got the opportunity to take out the cows for their daily grazing session.

Today, the third cow Kalti was also taken out. Kalti had been unwell so it was being fed at the shelter itself. Baggi and Lakhi started pushing Kalti as they sensed their grazing area would have to be shared today. After a little playing around, the three cows settled down and went about their ways. And today, the cows didn’t take a detour and headed towards the Nallah where we were supposed to go the day before.

 On reaching the Nallah though, we found out that the water level was lesser than expected. That was not the main concern though – the water in the Nallah would have sufficed had we brought a jug along. Since we didn’t have anything to bathe the cows with, we just carried on along the path, letting the cows roam and graze as per their wishes.

I also saw a few other women and men of the nearby villages grazing their cattle in the hillside above the road we were on. The small paths are precariously placed but both man and beast are used to them.

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