- General and History
- Distribution in the past and today
- Breeding aims
- Governmental organisations
DescriptionTacola are large sheep. Rams weigh on average 100kg. The animals’ body is long and muscular, with voluminous abdominal cavity. Wool, head and extremities are purely white. The wool hangs down and is half-closed. Lop-ears are short; some animal only have ear stumps or no outer ear at all. Both sexes are polled.
General and HistoryThe breed Tacola belongs to the Alpine sheep. It is related to Sudanese sheep breeds and to the Italian Biellese.
Distribution in the past and todayThe breed is found throughout Piedmont, mainly, however, in Vercelli and Biella Provinces.
UtilizationTacola are primarily kept for mutton production.
Breeding aimsThe breed is very well adapted to mountain conditions. This feature has to be conserved. Improvement of mutton production and frugality is focused on at present. A breeders association has been active for the conservation of the breed since the beginning of the 1990ies and tries to conserve the genetic variability within the population.
PerformanceBody weight: 100kg (m), 82kg (w)
Withers height: 86cm (m), 81cm (w)
LiteratureSchafrassen der Alpen, Antje Feldmann, Ursula Bietzker, Dr. Christian Mendel, Herausgeber: Gesellschaft zur Erhaltung alter und gefährdeter Haustierrassen e.V. - GEH, Deutschland, Sept. 2005
Governmental organisationsASSONAPA, Viale Palmiro Togliatti, 1587 I-00155 Roma
APA Cuneo, Via Torre Roa Fra.Madonna dell'Olmo, I-12020 Cuneo