Tiroler Bergschaf

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Tiroler Bergschaf
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Other namesPecora Alpina Tirolese
Country of origin
  • Austria
  • Italy
Traits
Weight
  • Male:
    80–120 kg
  • Female:
    70–100 kg
Wool colourwhite
Face colourwhite
Notes
dual-purpose, meat and wool
Ewe with twin lambs in Achenkirch am Achensee, in Tyrol in Austria Bergschaf tiroler 01.JPG
Ewe with twin lambs in Achenkirch am Achensee, in Tyrol in Austria

The Tiroler Bergschaf or Pecora Alpina Tirolese is a breed of domestic sheep from the mountainous Tyrol area of Austria and Italy. [1] :288 [2] The name means "Tyrolean mountain sheep". It is raised throughout Austria [3] and in the autonomous province of Bolzano in Italy. [2] :288 It results from cross-breeding between the Tiroler Steinschaf of the Tyrol with the Italian Bergamasca breed from the area of Bergamo. [4] :78 This is variously reported as having taken place in the first half of the 19th century [3] and after the Second World War. [2] :288

The Tiroler Bergschaf is one of the forty-two autochthonous local sheep breeds of limited distribution for which a herdbook is kept by the Associazione Nazionale della Pastorizia, the Italian national association of sheep-breeders. [4] :78 In 2013 no total number for the breed was recorded in the herdbook. [5] In 2008 an Italian population of 12888 was reported to DAD-IS. [1]

The Austrian herdbook was opened in 1938; the population reported for Austria in 2012 was 12901 to 19000. [3]

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References

  1. 1 2 Breed data sheet: Tiroler Bergschaf/Italy. Domestic Animal Diversity Information System of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Accessed September 2013.
  2. 1 2 3 Daniele Bigi, Alessio Zanon (2008). Atlante delle razze autoctone: Bovini, equini, ovicaprini, suini allevati in Italia (in Italian). Milan: Edagricole. ISBN   9788850652594.
  3. 1 2 3 Breed data sheet: Tiroler Bergschaf/Austria. Domestic Animal Diversity Information System of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Accessed September 2013.
  4. 1 2 Le razze ovine e caprine in Italia (in Italian). Associazione Nazionale della Pastorizia: Ufficio centrale libri genealogici e registri anagrafici razze ovine e caprine. Archived 21 September 2013.
  5. Consistenze Provinciali della Razza 02 Anno 2013 (in Italian). Associazione Nazionale della Pastorizia: Banca dati. Accessed September 2013.