Istrska pramenka (Sl)
- General and History
- Distribution in the past and today
DescriptionA rather large-framed milk sheep with and correctla formed udder with large teats on long and strong legs. It has a narrow Roman head, long neck and ears that stick out. Legs and belly are woolless: other parts of the body are often covered by rather shaggy fleece. The wool is coarse and univoloured. The exterior varies considerably with white, black, spotted, short-eared, horned and polled animals occuring. The breed is seasonal. Age at first lambing is 17-20 months, lambing interval 370 days.
General and HistoryIstrian pramenka is an autochthonous sheep of the Slovenian and Istrian Karst region. Because the breed is seriously endangered, conservation program have been set up in both countries. A herdbock is kept for the breed.
Described as resistant wirh special hardiness. Characteristic for the breed are its ground-covering steps and the adaptation to rocky underground and rough enviromnent. Animals feed on old and dry grass and search for young grass between the rocks.
Distribution in the past and todayIt is found in Senozece, Obrov and Crni kal (South-West-Slovenia).
UtilizationIstrian pramneka is mainly important as milk sheep for part-time framers, its meat and wool, however, are also used.
KeepingDuring summer, sheep are used for landscape management. Housing during wintertime last for approx. 6 months.
PerformanceMilk yield is average 140kg with 6.2% fat and 5,2% Proteins in 206 milking days.
Body weight: 95 kg (m), 60 - 75 kg (w)
Lambin 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