Shepherd with Lamb
The herders of Shimshal used 3 types of animals primarily - yak, sheep and goats. Yaks are highly prized and valued, easily commanding over $1000 USD per animal. The herders and farmers rarely ate any of their animals, due to how valuable they were. Their diet comprised bread, meager vegetable they could grow, cheese and milk. On a special festival, like the Kuch Festival, they would slaughter a goat or a sheep; but mostly they sold the animals because of the amount of money the animals would fetch at market.