About Sambucana Sheep
known as Demontina, sheep are an indigenous Italian breed, probably descended
from Garessio sheep. They are found in southwestern Cuneo Province (Piedmont),
in the valleys of the rivers Bagni, Stura di Demonte, and, formerly, the Maira.
The elevation of the valleys is from 1.300 to 2.000 meters, with snow on the
ground four to five months of the year.
They have yellow-white
wool: about 8 percent of the breed are dark brown or black. Their head is
slightly convex; ears are horizontal and small, and the tail thin and hanging
to the hocks. Both genders are usually polled; however, rams with small horns
are considered locally to be the “purest” representatives of the breed.
medium-large (males: 83 cm, female: 78 cm at withers) and are raised for meat
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