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Valle del Belice

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MOSTRA DELLA PECORA DELLA VALLE DEL BELICE 4 settembre 2014

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Pecore valle del belice(2)

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Milking Sheep - Mullidura de brebei

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ASSAF sheep

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Pecore razza Pinzirita (Sheep pinzirite almost extinct)

The Valle del Belice is a breed of domestic sheep from the Valle del Belice, the valley of the Belice river in south-western Sicily, from which it takes its name. It is raised mainly in its area of origin in the provinces of Agrigento, Palermo and Trapani, but is also found elsewhere in Sicily and in southern Italy. It appears to result from the three-way hybridisation of the Sicilian Pinzirita and Comisana breeds with Sarda stock brought from Sardinia. It has the resistance to harsh winter conditions of the Pinzirita and the Sarda, the resistance to high summer temperatures of the Comisana, and the good milk yield of the Comisana and the Sarda. Occasionally a pecora scimmia is born, with partial or total alopecia of the head and limbs; this is caused by a recessive gene.
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