About Schnalserschaf Sheep
|Photo: Emilio Pastore – Dipartimento di Scienze Animali – Università di Padova|
(also known asUltnerschaf , Val Senales,
or Schnalserschaf) sheep are from the
province of Bolzano, northern Italy. They are an Alpine meat breed. About 80 percent are white, 15 percent black,
and 5 percent are brown. Both genders are polled.They are raised for meat and wool.
They are derived
from local sheep (Steinschaf or Roccia) crossed with Bergamo, and are similar
in appearance to the latter, Italy's largest breed. They are stall-fed in the
valley during the winter. From late May to late September the holdings are
combined into bands of 300–500 head and taken to graze in alpine pastures above
2 500 m elevation.
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