- General and History
- Distribution in the past and today
- Breeding aims
DescriptionSavioarda is a medium-sized sheep with rams weighing 80kg on average. The wool is dirty white. Animals have black spots on face and legs. Rams and most ewes presents horns; those of the rams are spiral. Ears are narrow and slightly hanging, the head has a Roman profile.
General and HistoryThe breed Savoiarda is an old local mountain breed of unknown origin.
Distribution in the past and todayThe breed was formerly spread all over the whole Alpine region. The present area of distribution is in the Province of Torino (Piedmont) in teh valley die Susa, Pellice, Chisone, Lanzo and the surroundings of Giaveno.
UtilizationMain use is mutton and wool.
Breeding aimsThe original dual-purpose sheep for mutton and milk is extremely threatened through crossbreeding with Italian and French mutton breeds. Only very few pure-bred animals are left.
PerformanceBody weight: 88-104kg (m), 91-97kg (w)
Withers height: 68-82cm (m), 67-75cm (w)
Fleece weight: 3kg (m), 2kg (w)
Lambing percentage: 130%
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