Fabrianese Sheep : Italian Prime Lamb

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Fabrianese sheep primarily raised for meat and milk. The breed is from Fabriano, province of Ancona, Italy. There are 70 farms that have Fabrianese in Italy, which has in total 6000 heads. But 10 farms are dedicated only for breeding purposes to improve the breed’s traits.

Fabrianese sheep breed information

The sheep are medium-sized white in color.

The mature Fabrianese ram weighs 90 kg(200 lb) and ewe weighs  68 kg(150 lb).

The lambs are finished at the age of 60 days when it reaches a weight of 25 kg (55 lb).

The ram height is 82 cm at withers and ewe is 74 cm at withers.

Both sexes are polled (hornless)

The milk yield of Fabrianses per lactation period of 180 days is 150 kg.

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Things to know

The local breeds of the Apennines of the Marche with rams of the Bergamasca breed from the Alps of Lombardy in the 1960s resulted in Fabrianese.

The  Associazione Nazionale Della Pastorizia has kept the genealogical handbook for Fabrianese breed, it’s one of the seventeen autochthonous Italian sheep breeds.

Believed to retain the quality of meat even from the adult sheep, which is soft, health and has only unsaturated fats.

Though Italy consumes very less lamb, yet the number of Fabrianese is growing each year. The meat is very delicious and releases good aroma when cooked. Italians love the Fabrianese meat.

Brief characteristics of Fabrianese sheep

Breed NameFabrianese sheep
Other Name 
Country/Place of OriginItaly
Breed Purposemeat and milk
Breed Sizemedium
Weight
Ram(Male)
90 kg(200 lb)
Ewe(Female) 68 kg(150 lb)
Kiddingsingle or twins
Good for Stall Fedopen grazing 
Climate Tolerancelocal conditions

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