When goats prevent fires
They already say it, that the goat shoots the mountain. There is a reason for this well-known phrase whose origin comes, surely, from many years ago. Be that as it may, the 120 dairy goats of pastor Daniel Giraldo did throw into the mountain. They did it in the transhumance of Margalef that yesterday ended in L'Hospitalet de l'Infant and that allowed the recovery of old cattle trails that converged on our coast. Sorry, I said cattle trails. I wanted to say lligallus either glenschoose yourselves depending on whether you prefer the slang of Camp de Tarragona or Terres de l'Ebre.
Clarified this little misunderstanding, let's meet the livestock family of the Manou association, from Alforja. At first glance they would not attract attention: a few more ranchers... But if I tell you that the Giraldos keep alive the practice of transhumance through the Montsant mountain range, things will surely change. And it is that year after year Daniel makes, with his goats, a trip that lasts several weeks looking for pastures on the top of the mountain. but he does it as in the past, that is, like the shepherds before the arrival of the railway, at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th: through the lligallus -either glens!–.
But this year the journey has taken a bit of a detour. The expert in cattle trails who always accompanies Daniel, Joan Rovira, explains that, when all the cattle were going to return home, the Center d'Estudis de l'Hospitalet de l'Infant contacted them and asked them to went for the Canada -bar, file- Township.
And they do it like that. There are only four kilometers of path, which join the Cap de Terme in L'Hospitalet de l'Infant, and the Bosquet del Llastres, in Miami Platja, but they have the peculiarity that they do not go through the top of any mountain, but through the seashore.
And what does this mean? Nothing in particular, because the essence of transhumance remains intact. The passage of the goats along the path continues to have the same relevance. One: they feed on what they find in their path and therefore, they clean the undergrowth and, attention, they prevent fires! Two: they honor those who, dozens of years ago, walked miles and miles looking for food for their cattle, then an essential asset for survival. And three: they help to conserve the landscape and they themselves guarantee local food.
Being a shepherd is not just about keeping an eye on cattle. And if not, ask Giraldo: knowing the forest and taking advantage of its natural resources with actions such as transhumance is what gives meaning to his job. Sense and love.