- In addition to communal sheepfolding, there were individual salas~e (sheep farms), where each owner grazed his own sheep on either his own or rented pastures; this occurred mainly in areas with dispersed settlement. Where there were a larger number of sheep, the owner would hire a shepherd for pasturing, but would process the milk himself. In villages in central Slovakia, it was very common for the owner of a larger flock of sheep to either include other owners' sheep with his own, or for the owners to take turns pasturing all the sheep.
In the lowland system of sheep breeding, animals were housed in sheds built close to the homes, while the Wallachian system required the building of shelters for the herdsmen and folds for the sheep. During the early days of Wallachian sheep breeding, the salas~ consisted only of a simple shelter for the shepherds and a makeshift fold for the sheep. These structures were improved as the system evolved and more milk was processed.
Salas~i were built in places with good access to transportation and with a sufficient area of pasturage, in order to avoid having to move the salas~ too frequently. Also, nearby supplies of water, wood for heating, etc., were taken into account.
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