Before the Mongolian festival of Tsagaan Sar (White Moon), I went out to the countryside with a friend who needed two fresh sheep for the upcoming ceremonies. I filmed a pair of herders as they rounded up their flock and scrutinized each sheep. The whole ordeal took over an hour.

Here is a glimpse of life as a herder in Mongolia during the winter.

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Comment by Lauren Knapp on May 2, 2012 at 9:46am

Yeah - they were looking for the best (most succulent) sheep for the Tsagaan Sar table. They were examining the tails because they are a better indicator of how fat an animal is than just looking at the fur. They were also concerned with how the legs looked. It's amazing how closely herders know their animals.They have specific words to refer to a sheep with white fir and a black face, or one with spots, or one that is 2 years old, etc.

To be honest, they all looked the same to me!

Comment by John McCreery on May 2, 2012 at 8:37am

Did you get a clear sense of what they were looking for?

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