The Comisana is one of the most important breeds of Mediterranean dairy sheep, mostly raised in Central and Southern Italy (Figure 1). The importance of the breed is due to its capacity to produce milk for cheese production in the extreme environmental conditions of the Mediterranean. More than half of the entire breed population is raised in Sicily, where the Comisana sheep represents a precious genetic and economic resource for the marginal areas of the island. Improving Comisana, as well as other local dairy sheep, is a key component of a program aimed at ensuring the economic development of agriculture in these areas based on optimum utilization of local resources.   

F. Pinelli, P. A Oltenacu, G. Iannolino, M. Scimonelli, G. Romeo, A. D'Amico, J. Carvalheira, A. Carlucci, A. Vella

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 2002. Session 1, , 1.38, 2002
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