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South America's traditional cowboys are still at home on the range in Colombia

Added 05-15-22 07:07:01am EST - “livestock in Colombia are raised on vast, open ranges. Overseeing the herds requires the special skills of Colombian cowboys who are known as llaneros ?" Spanish for "plainsmen."” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “South America's traditional cowboys are still at home on the range in Colombia”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Colombian cowboys are known as llaneros, Spanish for plainsmen. Carlos Saavedra hide caption

EASTERN PLAINS, Colombia — Urging on their horses, a half-dozen Colombian ranch hands are driving cattle through the pancake-flat prairies of eastern Colombia. They have a long way to go because this 4,000-acre ranch stretches to the horizon and beyond.

Unlike the United States, where nearly all beef cattle are fattened up on feedlots and where cowboys are mostly a thing of the past, livestock in Colombia are raised on vast, open ranges. As a result, overseeing the herds requires the special skills of Colombian cowboys who are known as llaneros — Spanish for "plainsmen."

With its lagoons, flocks of birds, and panoramic views, this ranch is a gorgeous setting for work that is often brutal.

Cows are in a corral at a ranch in Casanare, Colombia, waiting to be artificially inseminated. Carlos Saavedra hide caption

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