- General and History
- Distribution in the past and today
DescriptionVaresina conforms to the Bergamasca sheep. The animals are of medium size and medium weight. Wool, head and extremities are unicoloured white, the wool is of medium length and half-closed. The long head with Roman nose is more pronounced for rams than for females. Both sexes are polled. Lop ears are broad and long.
General and HistoryVaresina is an autochthon breed, which has probably common origins with Bergamasca sheep.
Distribution in the past and todayIt is found in Lombardy, in the Province of Varese, in the communities of Travedono and Biandronno.
UtilizationVaresina are bred with focus on button and wool production.
KeepingTraditionally, animals are kept in transhumance systems throughout the year. During wintertime, small amounts of hay are fed.
PerformanceBody weight: 85-90kg (m), 70-75kg (w)
Withers height: 80-85cm (m), 75-80cm (w)
Fleece weight: 3.5kg (m), 2.5-3.0kg (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