Appenninica Sheep : Things to know

Appenninica Sheep is from the central Apennine mountains of Italy. They are mainly raised for meat, though medium-coarse wool produced.

The breed is not an old breed; it came into existence in central Italy in the early ’70s. The crossbreed from Bergamasca and Ille-de-France – a local breed and an exotic Italian breed resulted in the Appenninica sheep breed.

Appenninica Sheep Characteristics

Sheep is medium to large, white.A medium wool breed.

Appenninica Rams at maturity weigh around 78 kg (171 lb)

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, and ewes weigh about 56 kg( 123 lb).

The Rams height at withers is 77 cm, and ewes around 69 cm.

Rams and ewes are polled (no horns).

Lambs weighed around 15 to 22 kg when they sent to the slaughterhouse at the age of 60 days.

Wool diameter is 30 to 35 microns—fleece weight around 2.5 kg from a ram and 1.5 kg from ewes per sheering.

Appenninica Sheep

Things to know

There are an estimated 250,000 heads of Appenninica, spread out over central and southern Italy.

Today it is mainly distributed and raised in Abruzzo, Marche, Lazio, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, and Umbria.

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The Appenninica sheep breed officially recognized in 1980. And a herdbook for the breed established in 1981. 

Brief characteristics of Appenninica Sheep

Breed NameAppenninica Sheep
Other Name
Country/Place of OriginItaly
Breed PurposeMeat
Breed SizeMedium
Weight
Ram(Male)    
78 kg (171 lb)
Ewe(Female)56 kg (123 lb)
Kiddingsingle
Good for Stall Fedopen grazing 
Climate ToleranceNative Climates

Reference:

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

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

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