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Jezersko – Solcava Sheep   EFABIS Data


International Name

Jezersko – Solcava

Local Name



Jezersko Solčava valey (Slovenia)

Breeding females


4.046 (2004), 4.909 (2007)

Trend of population size


Flock book established



Origin – history

The breed was formed with the cross breeding of primitive white domestic sheep with Bergamansc and Padovan sheep. Mountainous breeds from the west Alps were formed from domestic white small sheep which they called Zaupelschaf. It has a characteristic convex head profile, inherited from Bergamansca sheep and high quality wool which they inherited from Padovan sheep.


 Breed description

The animals are usually white in color but a brown variation also exists (although breeders call these sheep black). In the past they had to have an “eye-glass” or “tear drop” mark around their eyes, under their eyes and on their ears.
These are moderately large sheep, with a height of 65 to 67 cm (rams will reach over 70 cm), their body weight is between 65 and 75 kg, under good conditions they may exceed 80 kg while rams weigh over 100 kg. They have large ears, a long wool-covered tail, long and muscular legs and their back is strong and long.  This allows them to walk on steep mountainous grazing-grounds. They are tenacious and healthy animals, adapted to our surroundings.  Sheep are sheared in the spring and fall, and they will give from 2.5 to 3 kg of wool each.  Twin lambs are not unusual, so the litter size is between 1.4 to 1.5 lambs. Besides that, sheep are fertile year-round and mate again soon after lambing, even if the lambs are still suckling; the majority of the sheep will mate within a month after lambing. A young ewe is sexually mature at 6 to 8 months, the rams at 7 to 10 months of age.


Conservation activities

Conservation of breed by reproducing herds or animals: conservation programme running.


Contact dr. Drago Kompan  e-mail: Drago.Kompan@bfro.uni-lj.si


Action Heritage Sheep AGRI GEN RES 040 receives financial support from the European Commission, Genetic Resources in Agriculture, under European Commission Council Regulation (EC) No 870/2004 AGRI GEN RES 2006 HERITAGE SHEEP