From the horse’s mouth
‘My name is Tuyama Ulziibayar. I am 39 years old, and I live with my husband and our son and daughter. We have around 700 animals – 600 sheep and goats, around 40 cattle and more than 80 horses. We love our animals, especially our horses.
‘My father was a herder. He wanted me to take care of his livestock after him, so I chose to become a herder. It feels great to look after these animals and see them grow. We go through a lot of things together.
‘Heavy snowfall happens a lot in winter. After it has snowed one or two times, it gets hard. When the snow falls, the most needed supply is hay. Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to supply enough hay for every animal.
‘During heavy snowfall, we spend most of the day outside taking care of our livestock. In 2002, we were young and just married. That year, the winter was really hard. We had to work hard and try not to lose many animals, but we lost a lot.
‘This well used to be filled with dirt and flood water. It didn’t produce enough water. Now it is the most usable well we have in this area. If this well wasn’t made, it would have been really hard for us and our animals. Last year, it didn’t rain a lot during summer, and many herders had to move close to this well so their animals could drink. This summer there were many herders too. Many animals are brought here for water.
‘I appreciate you for building a really good well for us and helping us to take care of our livestock and our horses. On behalf of all the other herders and our animals, I would like to say thank you very much.’