About Ragusano Donkeys
|Photo: di Salvatore Pipia / ISZS|
Ragusano Donkeys originated
in the area of Ragusa, Modica, Scicli S.Croce Camerina in Sicily. They are a new
breed, officially recognized in 1953, when during selection studies the Horse
Increase Institute of Catania (they keep the registry office) was able to fix a
few characteristics. All the donkeys living in Sicily are to be traced back to
the Pantelleria breed, especially those in the province of Trapani and to the
usually called Sicilian breed, , present all over the island. The crossbreeding
of the two above and with the Martina Franca breed, with blood mixing of
Catalano donkey, after various crossings, produced some very good examples.
They are used as
beasts of burden, draught, and mule producing. It’s mules were used during the
last century wars in the Alps with great success.
Content and Photo source: Agraria.org.