- General and History
- Distribution in the past and today
- Breeding aims
- Non-Governmental organisations
DescriptionIt is a medium-sized to large unicoloured black local sheep of the Alpine region. The narrow head has a Roman nose, is polled and carries broad lop ears. The fleece consists of black wool with a finess of 32 to 36 micron.
General and HistoryThe bred developed from crossbreeding Steinschaf and Bergamasca. Mountain farmers have always kept some black sheep in their white herds. During the last years, Upper-Bavarian farmers have started to record individual animals. In 2003, a herdbook was founded.
Distribution in the past and todaySouth-Tirol, Tirol, Bavaria, Switzerland
UtilizationMain use is the lamb production and landscape management. The animals are mostly kept by part-time farmers.
KeepingIt is mainly kept in paddocks on the extensive grasslands at the foothills of the Alps. Housing during wintertime lasts for 4-6 months.
Breeding aimsBreeding of a well-adapted sheep for rough high-mountains sites, early maturing with best maternal characteristics, longevity and high fertility.
PerformanceBody weight: 85-110kg (m), 70-80kg (w)
Withers height: 80-85cm (m), 72-80cm (w)
Fleece weight: 6-8kg (m), 4-6kg (m)
LiteratureSchafrassen in den Alpen, Antje Feldmann, Ursula Bietzker, Dr. Christian Mendel, Gesellschaft zur Erhaltung alter und gefährdeter Haustierrassen e.V. - GEH.
Non-Governmental organisationsGesellschaft zur Erhaltung alter und gefährdeter Haustierrassen e.V. (GEH), GEH-Geschäftsstelle, Walburger Straße 2, D-37213 Witzenhausen, Tel.: +43 (0)5542 1864, Email: email@example.com