Animal husbandry and the shieling.
Date 1953
Track ID 204
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Track Information

Original Track ID

SA1953.19.1

Original Tape ID

SA1953.019

Summary

Animal husbandry and the shieling.

As a boy, Duncan MacDonell's father went to the shieling [summer pasture with rough accommodation] in April. They took the cows there to calve. The women milked them and made butter and cheese. The reason was to save the grass at home, to keep the cows out of the crops, and to benefit from the grass on the hills. The bothies were made of turves with birch cover. The men came up with horses from time to time. Mr MacDonell has heard that they would put barrels of cream on either side of a horse, and by the time they got home the motion of the horse had turned it to butter.

Item Notes

Transcribed in School of Scottish Studies.

Item Location

County - Inverness-shire

Parish - Boleskine and Abertarff

Village - Foyers

Language

English

Genre

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Collection

SoSS