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A stout, fluffy Sopravissana sheep standing in the hay.Also Known By: Upper Visso


The Sopravissana is found in the Central Apennines, Latium of central Italy. It is a fine to medium wooled breed kept for milk and meat production. The breed originated from Vissana crossed with Spanish Merino and Rambouillet in the 18th and early 19th century. American and Australian Merinos were used during the early 20th century for additional improvement of the breed.


Sopravissana rams are horned and the females are polled.




Mason, I.L. 1996. A World Dictionary of Livestock Breeds, Types and Varieties. Fourth Edition. C.A.B International. 273 pp.

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