- General and History
- Distribution in the past and today
- Breeding aims
- Processing and products
- Governmental organisations
DescriptionFrabosana is a medium-sized sheep with Roman nose. The very coarse wool of the Frabosana is yellowish, with various yellowisch-brown spots ohn head and on the extremities. Rams present spiral horns closed to the head. The horns of the ewes are sickle-shaped. The type Raoschina ist characterised by its larger built and higher milk performance. Extremities are fine, head, belly and legs do not present wool.
General and HistoryFrabosana is an Alpine sheep that belongs to the Semi lop Eared Group. Originally, the breed was divided in two types: the Frabosana type and the slightly lager Roaschina type.
Distribution in the past and todayThe breed is found in Cuneo and Torino Provinces in different valleys, in the valleys of Monregalesi and the Ligurian Alps, and in the surroundings of Alessandrino.
KeepingDuring the summer the animals graze pastures at high altitudes, where they are also milked During the winter is common to house animals and let them graze changing pastures in the plains.
Breeding aimsBreeding tries to improve the milk yield and the fertility with more twin births.
PerformanceMilk yield of the Frabosana is approx. 200kg per ewe. The ewes mature very early. They lamb once a year with approx. 1,1 to 1,3 lambs per birth.
Body weight: 75-85kg (m), 65-80kg (w)
Withers height: 80-90cm (m), 74-80cm (w)
Lambing percentage: 110-130%
Processing and productsA special cheese “Sola” is produced as regional product.
LiteratureSchafrassen der Alpen, Antje Feldmann, Ursula Bietzker, Dr. Christian Mendel, Herausgeber: Gesellschaft zur Erhaltung alter und gefährdeter Haustierrassen e.V. - GEH, Deutschland, Sept. 2005
Günter Jaritz: Seltene Nutztiere der Alpen, 7000 Jahre geprägte Kulturlandschaft, Verlag Anton Pustet, 2014
Governmental organisationsASSONAPA, Viale Palmiro Togliatti, 1587 I-00155 Roma
APA Cuneo, Via Torre Roa Fraz. Madonna dell'Olmo, I-12020 Cuneo