Driving down from summer pastures

On 4th October, Saint Francis' day, all the flocks were driven down from pastures and sheep were sorted out.
A temporary corral, dèdui, was set up with a central pen and several partitions, šchedìze, around it.
Sheep were driven into the central pen and sorted out according to their ear marking, nòda.
Each family had their own distinguishing mark, which was registered in a book kept by the Regole.
Until the first snowfalls, sheep would graze near the houses.
Each sheep owner, would guard the flock in turns, rodoléto, and the task was entrusted upon the least needed member of the family, a young boy, usually.
If the young shepherd would bring home a newborn lamb, he received a slice of bread with butter, sòna de pan e (v)ónto, as a gift.

The ear marking, noda, was a combination of these marks:
- straight cut, cortèl fìto;
- acute angle, šforzèl;
- right angle, sàpa;
- semicircle, javión;
- hole, buš.