- General and History
- Distribution in the past and today
- Breeding aims
- Governmental organisations
DescriptionLamon sheep are large Alpine sheep with yellowish white wool which is long and rough with coarse cover hair. Markings on head and legs occur only seldom. The tail is thin and reaches down below the ankle joint. Both rams and ewes are polled. Most animals have long lop ears, ears may, however also be of medium length or short, some animals even don’t have auricles at all. The head is longish with Roman nose.
General and HistoryThe breed Lamon belongs to the groupe of Lop-Eared Alpine sheep (Eaap: Bergamasca-group). In the first half of the 20th century, Bergamasca rams were used to improve the mat performance of the breed.
Distribution in the past and todayIt’s originated in Veneto Region. The breeds’ present area of distribution is the community of Lamon, in Belluno Province, and Fierozzo, in Valle dei Mokeni, Trento Province.
UtilizationLamon are nowadays mainly used for mutton production. In former times, animals were also used for wool and milk production.
KeepingLamon are still very well adapted to very different climate and food regions because of the continuous transhumance that lasted for centuries. During the winter months, they grazed areas around the farms, in the summer, they moved up to the Alps.
Breeding aimsBreeding recently aims at improving meat performance and fertility.
PerformanceBody weight: 65-75kg (m), 55-60kg (w)
Withers height: 75-85cm (m), 55-65cm (w)
Fleece weight: 5kg (m), 4kg (w)
Lambing percentage: 150%
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 Belluno, 32025 Mas die Sedico