Sheep of the Valle del Belice breed are reared widely throughout Sicily (Italy), with about     60 000 mature ewes. Both male and female Valle del Belice lambs can be born without any hair development. Such affected animals, called hypotrichotic sheep (Figure 1), have no hair development under the wool coat and have a lower density of wool fibres. 

R. Finocchiaro, G. Sironi, C. Domeneghini, B. Castiglioni, B. Portolano, G. Madonia, P. Giaccone

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 2002. Session 12, , 12.15, 2002
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