The Sheep of Ciminna 2
From the Belice valley in Sicily, this is one of the most productive Italian sheep. The breed is a triple-cross of the Pinzirita, Comisana and Sarda breeds, and its milk is perfectly suited to cheesemaking, being fatty and full of protein. Many say this breed’s milk is the only milk worth stretching. In fact, the only Italian stretched sheep cheese, Belice Vastedda is made from its milk. Belice is one of the seventeen native Italian sheep breeds listed by the National Association of Pastoralists. It is bred in the provinces of Agrigento, Palermo and Trapani in Sicily.
I knew nothing about this breed of sheep at the time of capture. I simply admired their stately, regal bearing. I had never seen sheep that looked anything like them before. They are truly majestic animals.
Nikon D810 DSLR, Nikkor AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f-2.8D ED, focal length: 200mm, exposure: f/8.0, 1/640 sec., ISO: 400, WB: Auto, exposure program: Aperture Priority, handheld, capture date and time: 5/03/2018, 11:53 pm, post processing: Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera RAW, Photoshop CC 2017.