What Is Nomadic Herding?

Nomadic herding, or nomadic pastoralism, is a practice that entails moving from one place to another with cattle in search of pasture. Pastoralists sell their animals to get products that they don't produce, and they also depend on the animals for food.

Nomadic herders are common in Asia, Africa and Europe. Pastoralists tend to have poor quality livestock, and they live on many acres of land. In Africa, Nomads keep goats, camels, sheep and cattle. They depend on the animals for hides, meat and milk. The Fulani in Nigeria rely on cattle for milk, but don't slaughter animals for meat regularly. Today, some nomads practice farming.