Animals must be watched
A farmer who leaves his animals to roam freely, who does not
watch them, has not much work to do.
But his cattle:
· do not make good use of the
grass. They eat the good grasses first and leave the poor ones. The good grasses
are always eaten before they make seeds, and so they cannot multiply. On the
other hand, the poor grasses which are not eaten grow well and make many seeds.
So they multiply and the pasture becomes poor.
· may have accidents and get
diseases. They may go near streams where they are bitten by tsetse flies and
catch sleeping sickness. If an animal is bitten by a snake or has some accident,
nobody knows about it, and nobody looks after the animal. The oxen can also be
stolen more easily.
· damage crops. To prevent
animals from damaging crops, fields must be surrounded by fences, or else fields
a long way from the village must be farmed. Then the farmer loses a lot of time
going to his