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Table 2 Summer grazing options for local herders in Rasht Valley

From: Variability is not uncertainty; mobility is not flexibility: Clarifying concepts in pastoralism studies with evidence from Tajikistan

Summer grazing options Advantages
Option 1: Keep in village pasture
Part of an aggregated village herd and herded by members of livestock-owning households on a rotating basis
• Cheaper (no need to pay for herding labour)
• Able to obtain milk (cattle only)
• Reduced risk of livestock theft, loss, or injury
Option 2: Send to remote pasture
Herded by professional herders as part of a larger herd
• Livestock gain more weight (higher-quality, more abundant forage)
• No need to allocate household labour to herding