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rnrnAlpines Steinschaf are mountain sheeprnfrom the Eastern Alps of Austria and southern Germany. They are used for woolrnand meat and for keeping the grass down.


rnrnAlpines Steinschaf sheep are fine-bonedrnand small to medium sized. Rams weigh 55 to 80 kg (121 to 176 lb), and ewes 40rnto 60 kg (88 to 132 lb).


rnrnThey are found in all coat colorsrnand sometimes their face and ears are marked with black. Their face and lowerrnlegs are without wool and their legs are thin but strong, and their hooves arernhard. Rams are often horned, but ewes usually are polled. Their ears arerncarried horizontally or slightly drooping.


rnrnThey are one of four breeds in thernSteinschaf group (the other three are Krainer Steinschaf, Montafoner Steinschaf,rnand Tiroler Steinschaf sheep). It is believed that they are derived from thernmediaeval Zaupelschaf type, or from the older Torschaf type. They are also believedrnto be the oldest sheep breeds of the eastern Alps.


rnrnAt the beginning of the 1900’srnthey were widely found in throughout Europe; however by 2009 they were wasrnnamed the "endangered livestock breed of the year". In 2014, it theyrnwere listed as "extremely endangered" and on the red list ofrnendangered animal breeds of the GEH. A total population of 491–650 was reportedrnby Austria in 2012, and Germany reported 791 head in 2013.rnrn



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