LEFKIMI KERKYRA

Lefkimi Kerkyra

 

History

Lefkimi Sheep is an old breed originating in Lefkimi in the south of the island of Corfu. In 2010 a private breeder initiated an island-wide search for the last animals with the Lefkimi phenotype. As a result a small nucleus of the breed was formed and selectively bred on the advice of the ‘Amalthia Network’.

Morphological Traits

Lefkimi is a large-sized, coarse-woolled, fat-tailed sheep of the Zackel type

Population*

Status classified as 'Critical' (2019).

 

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ROUMLOUKI

Roumlouki

 

History

The breed is very old. It is named after Roumlouki - a now obsolete designation introduced during the Ottoman rule. Currently, on the advice of “Amalthia Network” a second purebred nucleus with offspring from the Mikro Monastiri herd was established at Krya Vrysi in Pella.

Morphological Traits

The breed is medium-sized, even-woolled and thin-tailed.

Population*

Status classified as 'Critical' (2019).

 

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FLORINA or PELAGONIA

Florina or Pelagonia sheep

History
Currently, only the ‘Giannitsa Livestock Institute’ and a handful of breeders keep the breed.

Morphological Traits

The breed is medium to large sized, even-woolled, and thin-tailed.

Population*

Status classified as 'Vulnerable' (2019).

 

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KATAFYGIO

Katafygio

 

History

Old accounts relay that the breed was traditionally maintained by nomadic pastoralists. They resided in the Katerini plains while spending summers on the northern slopes of the Pieria Mountains, near the village of Katafygio, after which the breed was named. In 2012 a herd of roughly 200 pure Katafygio Sheep was located by the ‘Amalthia Network’ at Avgerinos, a mountain village in the Kozani prefecture.

Morphological Traits

The breed is small-sized, even-woolled and thin-tailed.

Population*

Status classified as 'Critical' (2019).

 

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SAMOTHRAKI

Samothraki

 

History

The Samothraki Sheep was already mentioned in 1954 by I.N.Dimitriadis as a representative of the indigenous mountain sheep originating from the Zackel breed. It is not officially recognized. In 2013, at the invitation of the Samothraki municipality, a team from the ‘Amalthia Network’ identified around 2,000 sheep with the characteristics of the breed. The population survives mainly in the north-west of the island, an area of poor pastures

Morphological Traits

Samothraki sheep are small-sized, thin-tailed and mostly even-woolled. 

Population*

Status classified as 'Minority' (2019).

 

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