Montafoner Steinschaf (A)
- General and History
- Distribution in the past and today
- Breeding aims
- Non-Governmental organisations
DescriptionA small to medium sized finely boned mountain breed on thin but strong legs with hard claws. Animals have a noble head with straight profile. Both sexes are mostly horned. There is no wool on face and legs, the forehead is covered with short wool. All colours and markings occur in the rough mixed wool.
General and HistoryThe Alpine Steinschaf traces, like all other Steinschaf breeds, back to Zaupel and the Neolithic Torf, respectively. In former times the breed was widely spread in the Alpine region. Since 1960, it has, however, to a large part been replaced by other breeds and is extremely endangered today.
Distribution in the past and todayMontafon, Vorarlberg
UtilizationThe breed is, besides meat and wool production, mainly used for landscape management, especially marginal sites.
Breeding aimsBreeding focuses on the breed’s genetic conservation
PerformanceWithers height: 65cm (m), 60cm (w)
Body weight: 55-65kg (m), 35-50kg (w)
Lambing percentage: 133%
LiteratureFeldmann Antje et al.: Schafrassen der Alpen (Alpinet gheep), Witzenhausen 2005
Non-Governmental organisationsArche Austria, Spartenbetreuer, Markus L. Stadelmann, Bergstraße 9, A-6850 Dornbirn III, +43(0)5572/22 601, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Landesschafzuchtverband Vorarlberg, Montfortstraße 9, A-6900 Bregenz, +43 (0)664 3146485, email@example.com
Montafoner Steinschaf, Peter Kasper, +43 (0)664 5137299, Martin Mathies, +43(0)5861214, firstname.lastname@example.org