Abstract

Dairy sheep are traditionally bred in Mediterranean areas on a wide range of production systems. Each region has its own local breed well-adapted to that specific environment and to cope with the seasonal availability of pastures. Breeding environments and production systems may greatly differ, from a breed to another but also within breed, on orography, soil, climate, rainfall distribution, vegetation seasonality and grazing availability. Usual husbandry systems include a suckling period of at least one month, and have a dual purpose, with income from lamb’s meat and ewe’s milk, that is generally processed into high-quality cheese. Very often there is a complete association between a region of production, a breed and the brand name of a cheese, sometimes qualified as a PDO

S. R Sanna, S. Casu, A. Carta

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 2002. Session 1, , 1.34, 2002
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