National Geographic : 1952 Apr
4 Through an Alpine Valley Ambles a Bleating, Hungry Flock The covered wagon carries provisions for the shep herds' stay in the mountains. Donkeys pack the precious cargo up higher passes. Shepherds take care not to overlook one necessary item, from needles and thread, food and clothing, to salt and sheep medicines. To forget one article means a day-long hike from the remote mountain pasture to the near est village. While flocks rest, shepherds pedal their bicycles in search of pastureland en route. The author (upper), who accompanied one of the French sheepmen, stops to repair his machine. - - One of six rams trained to lead the flock bears his owner's mark in red paint. Three tufts of wool, left after shearing, allow shepherds an easier grasp should the flock stampede. This ram is a cross between a Dorset Horn and a Rambouillet (page 548).