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Latxa sheep are arnmilk sheep breed from the Basque Country of Spain. They are mostly raisedrnwithin the provinces of Biscay, Gipuzkoa, and Navarre. They are known for excellentrnquality milk production. Their unpasteurized milk is used for producingrnIdiazabal and Roncal cheeses.

rnrnrnrnLatxa sheep havernbeen managed traditionally by moving the flock to the mountain pastures in the summerrnwhen the ewes have finished lactating, with cheese-making taking place on thernfarm. Some flocks are moved while still lactating, with the animals beingrnhand-milked on the high pastures. A breeding scheme has been introduced sincern1982, and new production methods tested. And for providing earlier lambing andrnprolonging the breeding season, the artificial insemination is being used. Andrnmachine milking is taking the place of hand milking.

rnrnrnrnThey are small tornmedium sized. There are two sub-varieties: one is a dark-faced variety, andrnanother one is the blonde. But both varieties have white colored wool, which isrnlong and coarse.

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