Livestock as a symbol for breeding. Late Bronze age, 13th century BCE.
Tell me, you whom I love so well;
Where do you pasture your sheep?
Where do you rest them at noon?
Let me not be as one who strays
Beside the flocks of your fellows.
If you do not know, O fairest of women,
Go follow the tracks of the sheep,
And graze your kids by the tents of the shepherds.
- Chapter 1:7-8