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Hired shepherds' salaries (Caroline Juler, 22 January 2015)

Re-reading my notes for this article, I think the average pay given for a hired shepherd is a bit high.  In early April 2012, I was told the salary ranged between five and 12 million lei, according to the responsibility involved.  According to http://www.exchange-rates.org/Rate/EUR/RON/3-31-2012 (the closest date I can find), that would have meant they earned between £95 and £228 - or between 114 to 274 Euros - a month.  I don't suppose the salaries have risen much in the past two years.   
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Pastoralism and the European Union's "new" Common Agricultural Policy (Caroline Juler, 22 January 2015)

Here is more confirmation that the new CAP isn't as green as it's painted: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/344/6188/1090.summary, if you subscribe to Science magazine, and http://euroconbio.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/the-eu-agricultural-reform-fails-on.html for an unofficial version.  He's notorious for hating British sheep farming, but the journalist George Monbiot (not one of the authors of the above report) makes perfect sense when he warns us about soil erosion and the excessive power of some parts of the farming lobby.  It's all part of the bigger picture to which traditional pastoralism belongs, whether those of us who are keen on anthropology like it or not. 
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