Due to the steep mountains, the Bovec Region always focused on the breeding of small ruminants. Sheep and goats could graze in remote high-mountain pastures, which were not suitable for cattle.

Mountain pasture and the associated milk processing has been present in the Bovec Region since at least the 15th century. With the seasonal migration of small ruminants to the high-mountain pastures, the locals here strategically exploited the natural possibilities and provided sufficient fodder even for larger herds of animals. To make the job easier, they participated in grazing, as well as in processing milk into cheese and other products. Through centuries of systematic breeding and picking only the best animals, they even raised an autochthonous breed, called the Bovec sheep.

During grazing, the leading animals in the herd had oxbows with bells around their necks, often with special house marks engraved on them. The small ruminant oxbow in this photograph comes from Bavšica. It has been kept in the Tolmin Museum since 1971.

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