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A herdboy with his sheep in search of fodder at Chinawal, India
Shepherd sheep in Patagonia, Argentina

A herder is a worker who lives a possibly semi-nomadic life, caring for various domestic animals, in places where these animals wander pasture lands.


Usually if the person is a minor, he is called herdboy, a male herder is usually called a herdsman and a female herder by contrast is also called a herdswoman.[1] Because their work is necessarily mostly outdoors, they move around from place to place in the course of their labours. The possibility exists that the lands upon which their beasts graze are not claimed as any single person's property.

A number of romantic legends have sprung up around some aspects of their way of life. Some herders whose lifestyles have become mainstays of fiction include:

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  1. ^ Brooks, Alexandra (2003-06-19). "26 farm workers to receive long service awards". FarmingUK. The Breezi Publishing Company Ltd. Archived from the original on 2012-02-05. Retrieved 2007-08-20.
  2. ^ "Pictures of campinos, from the Ribatejo tourism office". Rtribatejo.org. Archived from the original on 2005-09-15. Retrieved 2011-12-25.