Gentile di Puglia sheep, also known as Merino di
Puglia, Pugliese Migliorata, Merino d'Italia, or Merino Gentile, arre 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 sheepare white and raised for meat and wool. T
hey 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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