Manchega sheep, developed from the Entrefino breed, are prized for their dual-purpose use in milk and sheep meat production. Within this breed, two recognized varieties exist: black and white, with the latter comprising over 90% of the population.
These sheep are renowned for their milk production, with an average yield of 100 liters (26.4 gallons) per animal annually. Milk production is notably seasonal, peaking during the months of April, May, and June.
The significance of Manchega sheep extends beyond their role in milk production, as they are also integral to the production of Manchego cheese, one of Spain's most renowned and important sheep's milk cheeses. True Manchego cheese is crafted exclusively from the whole milk of Manchega sheep raised in the La Mancha region. This region, characterized by its vast high plateau situated over 600 meters (1,969 feet) above sea level, provides an ideal environment for the rearing of these prized sheep and the production of their distinctive cheese.