Category Archives: Learning

The World of the Bulls: An Anthropologist’s Gold Mine

At the beginning of October, in a blog article about a bullfight in Corella, Navarra, taurine photographers and bloggers Gorka Azpilicueta and Arsenio Ramírez suggested that for an anthropologist like myself the world of the bulls represents a gold mine … Continue reading

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An homage to the older cow and horse hands out there

The other week, I took this photo of photo of three relatively young men heading out to tag newborn calves at Partido de Resina and some of the comments that were made about the photo on twitter said how good … Continue reading

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El Herradero – Handling, bumbling and branding

The last 10 days or so have been packed with different kinds of events on the estate, some of which are singular and some of which are ongoing. Today I want to focus on an event in the singular category: … Continue reading

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Baby steps: Handling calves in the corrals

This is going to be a very hard week of corralling and putting stock in the crush for the vets to check for Tb. Nevertheless, things have got off to a good start as today I was designated the noisy … Continue reading

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Opening moves: Getting things wrong in the field

It’s been a very busy week, with lots of interesting things happening at Partido de Resina. However, the most important thing I have observed and learned about this week is not how newborn calves are caught and tagged. Nor was … Continue reading

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Learning to wield my ‘fat finger’ appropriately

Everytime I hear “el dedo gordo“, I can’t help but translate it in my head as the fat finger/digit, rather than just the thumb. Today I spent a lot of time thinking about thumbs and where they should go and … Continue reading

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