Flocks of the Mesta

Daily Life in Spain in the Golden Age by Marcelin Defourneaux

At the beginning of the seventeenth century the flocks of the Mesta comprised about two million sheep. Each spring, the sheep left their winter pastures (invernaderos) on the plains of  Andalusia and Estremadura to wend their way to the summer pastures (agostaderos) on the sierras and high plateaux of Castille, from which they would return in the autumn.

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Arrogante, a Spanish Sheep-Dog was imported from Spain with a flock of Merinos / Sheep husbandry by Henry Stephens Randall; C. M. Saxton & Co., 1856

Arrogante, a Spanish Sheep-Dog was imported from Spain with a flock of Merinos / Sheep husbandry by Henry Stephens Randall; C. M. Saxton & Co., 1856

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See also Sheepdogs of the American Southwest:

https://stockdogsavvy.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/new-mexican-sheep-dogs/

See also Herding Dogs of Colonial America:

https://stockdogsavvy.wordpress.com/2012/01/13/herding-dogs-in-early-america/

See also Importance of the Merino:

https://stockdogsavvy.wordpress.com/2012/06/27/the-merino/

See also El Pastor Léones – The Shepherd Dog of Leon: 

https://stockdogsavvy.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/el-pastor-leones-the-shepherd-dog-of-leon/