- General and History
- Distribution in the past and today
- Governmental organisations
DescriptionCiavenasca is a medium-sized breed of short and roundish built. The head is short and compact, the nose has a slightly Roman shape. Both sexes are polled, the ears are small and stick out. The sheep belong to the group of coarsewool sheep breeds. The wool is yello-wish-white, brown spots may also be present.
General and HistoryThe origin of Ciavenasca sheep is unknow. However they are considered an original breed from Lombardy, in particular from the Val Bregaglia in Sondrio Province, Val S. Giacomo and the Chiavenna plain.
Distribution in the past and todayLombardy, in Val Bregaglia in Sondrio Province, Val S. Giacomo and the Chiavenna plain.
UtilizationCiavenasca are important for meat production. Lambs are slaughtered with 10 to 12 kg life weight.
KeepingThe animals have adapted very well to mountain and high-mountain conditions.
PerformanceBody weight: 50kg (m), 42kg (w)
Withers height: 60cm (m), 52cm (w)
Fleece weight: 1.2kg (m), 1kg (w)
LiteratureGünter Jaritz: Seltene Nutztiere der Alpen, 7000 Jahre geprägte Kulturlandschaft, Verlag Anton Pustet, 2014
Schafrassen der Alpen, Antje Feldmann, Ursula Bietzker, Dr. Christian Mendel, Herausgeber: Gesellschaft zur Erhaltung alter und gefährdeter Haustierrassen e.V. - GEH, Deutschland, Sept. 2005
Governmental organisationsAPA Sondrio, Via Trieste 8, I- 23100 Sondrio