The 1000-year-old annual tradition known as transhumance was recognised by UNESCO in 2019 as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity.
‘transumanza’ is still practised by a few breeders who still follow the ancient tradition
Each year, donkeys and mule nannies carry newborn lambs down italian mountains in custom made side saddles, all the way to grazing areas. In late summer, shepherds drive huge flocks of livestock from the pre-alpine hills to the plains of Lombardy for grazing. The millennium-old annual tradition known as transhumance was recognised by UNESCO in 2019 as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity. From Latin ‘trans’ beyond and ‘humus’ Earth, it is not only one of Italy’s oldest agricultural traditions, but also of countries like Spain, France, Greece, and Switzerland.
For between 10-20 days, around 60 flocks make the trip each year, with each containing 1,000-1,500 animals. Cows, sheep and donkeys move along centuries-old migration paths called ‘batida’. However, newborn lambs are unable to make this journey on their own. Instead, they are carried in a custom made side saddle by the donkeys and mule nannies to be later returned to their mothers at rest stops for a meal and some nuzzling. Today, the transumanza is only practised by a very few breeders who still follow the ancient tradition. Additional information translated from: Rete Italiana De Cultura Popolare.
Donkey nannies in Italy. Each year in Italy, grazing animals are moved from high pastures down to the plains. Newborn lambs are unable to make this journey on their own. Instead, they ride in the pouches of a specially made saddle on the back of a donkey or a mule nanny. They are taken down at rest stops and returned to their mothers for a bite to eat and a bit of nuzzling. Photo: medeamoon Source: Facebook/Avantgardens
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