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Breeds of Livestock - Sopravissana Sheep

Breeds of Livestock - Sopravissana Sheep


sopravissana-1.jpgAlso Known By: Upper Visso

The Sopravissana is found in the Central Apennines, Latium of central Italy.  It is a fine to medium wooled breed kept for milk and meat production.  The breed originated from Vissana crossed with Spanish Merino and Rambouillet in the 18th and early 19th century.  American and Australian Merinos were used during the early 20th century for additional improvement of the breed.

Sopravissana rams are horned and the females are polled.


Mason, I.L. 1996. A World Dictionary of Livestock Breeds, Types and Varieties. Fourth Edition. C.A.B International. 273 pp.
Pier Davide Pozzo, Lane d'Italia, Corso G. Pella, 16, 13900 Biella Italy

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Added January 14, 1998; updated February 25, 2002


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