Italians breeds

Italian breeds of sheep

Origin and diffusion

The Pinzirita breed (or Siciliana locale, Siciliana comune, Nostrana, Piperita) is found in the area surrounding Sicily in southern Italy.  It is a coarse wool breed kept for milk and meat production. 

Morphological and economic characteristics

Size: medium-small
Height at the withers:
- Male: 75 cm
- Female: 64 cm
- Male: 72 kg
- Female: 47 kg

They have black or brown marks on the face and legs.  The males are horned and the females are polled.
Uses: milk.

Pinzirita Male of Pinzirita

Pinzirita Female of Pinzirita
(photo Dott. Paolo Bani - Istituto di Zootecnica, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Piacenza)

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