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Breeds of Livestock - Apennine Sheep

Breeds of Livestock - Apennine Sheep


apennie1.jpgOther Names: Appenninica, Bariscianese, Chietina Varzese, Perugina del piano

This breed was found in the 70's in central Italy, mainly in Toscana, Emilia, Umbria, arche, Abruzzi regions of Italy; crossbreeding the local breed with other Italian or exotic breeds such as: Bergamasca and Ile-de-France. It is a medium wool breed kept primarily for meat production. It is polled and has semi-lopped ears. There are an estimated 250,000 heads, spread out over central and southern Italy.

Description and management:

Rams and ewes are polled.

Large frame:

Weight (kg)
Withers H. (cm)
Trunk L. (cm)

apennine-1.jpgThe breed is reared in small or medium size flocks, that usually are not the only economic source of the farm.


The main products are:

  • Lean lamb: slaughtered at 50-60 days of age (live weight=15-22 kg);
  • Wool: fiber diameter 30-35 microns ; fleece weight 3.5 kg in the rams and 2.5 kg in the ewes;


Asso.Na.Pa. 1997. Caratteri tipici ed indirizzi di miglioramento della razze APPENNINICA., Roma (Italy).

Prof. Francesco Panella, Dipartimento di Scienze Zootecniche dell'Università degli Studi di Perugia.


Associazione Nazionale della Pastorizia, provided by: Dott. Paolo Bani, Istituto di Zootecnica, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Via Emilia Parmense, 84, 29100 Piacenza, ITALY

Pier Davide Pozzo, Lane d'Italia, Corso G. Pella, 16, 13900 Briella Italy

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updated February 21, 2002


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