About Gentile di Puglia Sheep
Gentile di Puglia sheep, also known as Merino di
Puglia, Pugliese Migliorata, Merino d'Italia, or Merino Gentile, are a fine-wooled
breed from the Puglia region of southern Italy. They were initially developed
in the 15th century but their primary improvement was from the 18th century,
onward. They were developed from Spanish Merino crossed with local breeds.
Saxony and Rambouillet breeds was introduced during the 19th century. In the
last half century the number of head has dramatically decreased.
Gentile di Puglia sheep are white and raised for
meat and wool. They are traditionally
reared in the hill pastures from the
late spring to the early fall and in the
fold or in the lowland pasture in the other seasons.
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