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rnrnRosset sheep arerna transhumant (magratory) breed found in western Aosta Province, mainly in thernthree tributary valleys of the Dora Baltea: Val Grisanche, Val di Rhemes, andrnVal Savaranche. A small number of rosset sheep can be found with other breedsrnin several valleys of rivers flowing south from Mt Fallere, and in the ValrnPelline. They are kept in small flocks of five to ten heads. They are stall-fedrnduring the winter at the farmsteads in the valley. In the summer, the flocks ofrnmany owners are combined into bands of about 500 head and taken with cattle uprnto the mountain slopes where they graze and are tended by professionalrnshepherds. In mid-September they are returned to their owners in the valley.

rnrnRossets resemblesrnSavoiarda (Savoy) sheep. They are relatively small (males: 65-75 cm, females:rn60-70 cm, at the withers). Their legs are short and sturdy. They havernyellow-white coats with reddish-brown spots around their eyes and the lowerrnparts of their legs. Their thin tails hang below their hocks. Both sexes arernpolled.

rnrnThey are raisedrnfor meat and wool. Ewes lamb once per year; twins are common, and the lambingrnrate is about 160 percent.

rnrnContent and photornsource: Agraria.org.rnrn

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