About Mezcala Livestock

Mezcala Livestock

The amate paper is painted by Nahuatl speaking folk artists in the region called the Mezcala, on the Rio Balsas Basin in Guerrero state. Livestock farming is an important activity in this region.

Livestock is owned by the community and every year different community members are selected as vaqueros (cowboys) to be in charge of the animals.

oxen plowing

The oxen are used to plow the land and cows are used for their milk and for breeding.
Pigs and goats are eaten in festivities and sold when there is an economic need.

Horses, mules and donkeys are used as water and wood logs carriers and to help in agricultural tasks. In the last years there has been a severe drought in the Mezcala causing many animals to die.

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