Karakachan Sheep

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Karakachan Sheep

  1. 1. Karakachan Sheep <br />Karakachanskaovca<br />
  2. 2. They produce a cheese called Sirene, about 20 kilos are made each day, 400 kilos each year. Yogurt, which originated in Bulgaria, is also made each day. The sheep are milked twice a day.<br />With out these sheep there would be no Sirene or traditional Bulgarian Yogurt - called Kiselomleko<br />Why Is the Product on the Art of Taste?<br />
  3. 3. In 1957, during the<br />nationalization of the farming practice, the number is decreased to 158 896 individuals. <br />At that time the socialist government decided to replace the local breeds of sheep with foreign,fine-fleeced. <br />As a consequence of the state policy the local breeds had been massively crossbred with other breeds<br />The Issues Surrounding Karakachan Sheep<br />
  4. 4. the Karakachan sheep is categorized as endangered<br />It is the total population size of the breed is less than 2000 specimen <br />According to the official data of the government a flock of purebred Karakachansheep is kept as gene material in the Institute of Mountain Livestock breeding in the town of Troyan<br />The flock number is about 120 sheep and is without a ram. <br />The sheep have clear signs of hybridization -white and softer wool, long tails, larger height and untypical head<br />From the articles looked at it does not look good for a long term place in the food chain <br />What Steps Have been taken to ensure the sheeps long term place in the food chain?<br />
  5. 5. The Bulgarian Biodiversity Preservation Society, Semperviva, has been active for the breeding of Karakachanlivestock<br />The project for saving the three Karakachan breeds is initiated by the BBPS– Semperviva<br />Different agencies and institutions are involved in this project<br />Main partners of the project are local private farmers from Kresna municipality in Pirin mountain and the Balkani Wildlife Society <br />Who Are the key figures in its revival and survival?<br />

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