Julio Castaniar is a llaneros, a Colombian herder. With the other cowboys he musters the cattle, vaccinates and washes them. He works in a team of 4 to 5 people herding cows from different areas of the farm. Reminiscing about the old days, Julio remembers the time when there were 30 llaneros heading out to muster some 1000 heads of cattle on large stations. Travelling from 2 or 3 in the morning and working until the evening, there was a real camaraderie between the men: “before we had lots of fun with the other workers, when we would ride down the herd, we see the llaneros with their sombreros and their sleeves rolled up […] I really like being with the guys because we used to get together to sing and play music.” Nowadays things have changed, the cattle are tamer and less people are needed to bring them in. Work has gotten easier, they now start work at 5am and the team can take a rest when they need to. Julio has spent most of his life in the countryside, working with cattle and horses. It is what he loves. He used to own a small farm but his children grew older and didn’t want to stay out in the countryside, so he moved to a house in Yopal where he works for the station owners whenever they need cattle brought in.