An incredible in depth analysis of the Welsh Drovers.,
This review is from: Welsh Cattle Drovers (Landmark Collector's Library) (Paperback)
Alongside KJ Bonsers, Who were the Drovers, MR Colyers supreme analysis on the 18C and 19C Droving trade from North and South Wales,is such an in depth read,that it will never be surpassed.
He starts with the discussion on agricultural husbandry,and the often futile attempts made by certain well to do farmers,on improving their stock,by introducing different breeds of cattle,unfortunately this was usually time wasted,simply because the small Welsh Black breed of Pembroke,that made up the huge numbers of cattle exported to the English markets,were so weather hardy,being able to survive on land other breeds found unsustainable.
The main reason vast numbers of Welsh Runts were walked to Smithfield and other large fairs,is that Wales as a nation had very limited arable land sufficient to fatten up such large numbers of beasts,hence the vast migration of many thousands of cattle to the lush pastures of Kent and Surrey.
This book may devote its entire discussion to the Welsh Drovers trade,but MR Colliers magnificent research and analysis makes this book one without equal.
All areas of Wales are discussed,but it's the areas around Pembroke and Ceredigion that receive the greatest discussion.
Few publications,most well out of print,discuss the highly interesting Droving trade,but if there is one book that stands out amongst al others written,then this is it.
Do not be put off by the often hearty purchase price for second hand copies of this book,within reason any value placed on this book is money well spent,you will not find a more in depth analysis of the Drovers than this one.