He already had the means of shepherding those who were impressed by the preaching.
Life on each home stead was regularly portioned out: out door occupations - fishing, shepherding, fowling, and the hay-making and fuel-gathering - occupying the summer; while in door business - weaving, tool-making, &c. - filled up the long winter.
It is said that in his earliest boyhood Andrea was, like Giotto, put to shepherding or cattle-herding; this is not likely, and can at any rate have lasted only a very short while, as his natural genius for art developed with singular precocity, and excited the attention of Francesco Squarcione, who entered him in the gild of painters before he had completed his eleventh year.
And so, He doesn't act like a mere hireling who runs when shepherding gets hard.
Along the stream we caught a glimpse of a couple of hen mallards, shepherding a brood of ducklings between them.