Sarda Sheep
 
The breed
 
 

The Sarda is the breed of sheep indigenous to the island, with very ancient origins. Descendent of the wild Mouflon of Gennargentu, still widely present, this breed has adapted perfectly through the course of its evolution to the rough central and remote territory of the island, characterized by a hilly and mountainous morphology. The Sarda’s natural habitat is mainly the Mediterranean macchia typical of the island, with vast pastures covered by shrubs and wild herbs. For over 4,000 years, these sheep have been bred for their milk, meat and wool. The importance of the Sarda sheep’s production specifically in milk was only truly recognized and valued at the beginning of the 20th century. Today, the Sarda sheep represents 52% of the national ovine population and 95% of the regional one.

Source BDN Nazionale Teramo – Data from INEQ [Northeastern Italian Quality Institute]).