Pinzirita Sheep characteristics

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Pinzirita sheep are raised for meat, wool, and milk. The breed is native to the Mediterranean island of Sicily, Italy. Pinzirita sheep have coarse wool so breed kept for milk and meat production primarily. 

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Pinzirita sheep breed information

Pinzirita sheep are medium-sized breed which is used for producing milk, wool, and meat. 

Pinzirita sheep have brown and black marks on the legs and face.

The rams are horned and the ewes are polled.

The adult Pinzirita ram weighs  70 kg (155 lb) and ewe weighs  45 kg (100 lb).

The height adult Pinzirita ram is 75 cm at withers and ewe is 54 cm at withers.

Pinzirita average milk yield is around 90 liters in a lactation period of 100 days. The fat percentage of 6.5 percent and a protein of 5 percent.

Pinzirita sheep are a good triple-purpose breed that is hardy and requires minimum maintenance.

The lambs are ready for slaughter at the age of 30 days, which weighs around 7 to 8 kg.

The adult Pinzirita ram produces a fleece weight of 2.5 kg and ewe produces 1.6 kg. The wool is generally used to make rugs and mattresses.

The breed is well adapted to poor mountain pastures and a frugal breed.

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Things to know

Pinzirita sheep name derives from pinzuni, the Sicilian language name for the chaffinch, (a local bird), which it is thought to resemble in colouring.

Pinzirita sheep are also called as “Siciliana comune” that means common Sicilian sheep. As the sheep is distributed most of Sicily.

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

In 1983 the breed numbers were 250k but in 2013 the numbers dropped to 17k.

Pinzirita sheep characteristics

Breed NamePinzirita sheep
Other NamePinzunita, Siciliana comune
Country/Place of OriginItaly
Breed Purposeamerica meat, milk, and wool
Breed Sizemedium
Weight
Ram(Male)
70 kg (155 lb)
Ewe(Female)45 kg (100 lb)
Kiddingsingle
Good for Stall Fedopen grazing 
Climate Tolerancelocal conditions

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