The Apennine breed was founded in the 1970's in central Italy, mainly in the Toscana, Emilia, Umbria, Arche, and Abruzzi regions of Italy; crossbreeding the local breed with other Italian or exotic breeds such as Bergamasca and Ile-de-France. It is a medium wool breed kept primarily for meat production. It is polled and has semi-lopped ears.
The breed is reared in small or medium size flocks that usually are not the only economic source of the farm. There are an estimated 250,000 head, spread out over central and southern Italy.
Breed category: meat, medium wool