Cornigliese Sheep

Slow Food Presidium

Italy

Emilia Romagna

Breeds and animal husbandry

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Cornigliese Sheep

The Cornigliese sheep gets its name from Corniglio, a small town in the Apennines outside Parma, where the breed has been farmed for centuries.
Large in size (the males can reach over 100 kilos), the sheep has no horns in either gender. It has long, wide ears that hang down on either side of its face. The white fleece, sometimes spotted, also covers the belly, the top part of the limbs and the front of the head. The head and the extremities of the limbs are flecked with black.
The Cornigliese breed was selected in the middle of the 18th century when the Bourbons, at the time the dukes of Parma and Piacenza, ordered that the sheep around Parma be crossed with Merinos from Spain, in order to obtain animals who could produce good-quality wool. At the start of the 20th century, the breed was crossed with Bergamasca rams to improve the meat production. Currently the Cornigliese breed is farmed in the Parma Valley, in the high hills and mountains of the Cento Laghi Regional Park. After coming close to extinction (according to the FAO, in 1994 there were barely 50 animals), it is now slowly recovering. In Parma province the population is now 1,000 strong, though this is still not enough to guarantee its survival.
Historically the breed has been farmed for its milk, meat and wool, but today it is mostly used for meat, due to its compact muscular mass, with little fat. The sheep is long-lived (up to 10 years), very fertile and hardy, and is well-suited to pasture grazing. Some flocks are still taken up into the mountains every summer.
The wool is of good quality and can be used to make sweaters, blankets, socks, carpets, bags and slippers.
The meat from the Cornigliese breed is used in various dishes, including hogget cacciatore and fried lamb chops.

Season

Available all year round

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To try to avert the extinction of the Cornigliese sheep, the Province of Parma and the Cento Laghi Regional Park, with the collaboration of the Provincial Livestock Farmers’ Association and the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Parma, launched a multi-faceted project to protect, revive and promote this heritage sheep breed. This ultimately led to the establishment of a Slow Food Presidium in 2018.
The Presidium involves a small group of farmers, joined together in the Regional Association of Emilia-Romagna Livestock Farmers. The production protocol specifies extensive farming methods, seasonal migration and complete traceability along the production chain.
The Presidium producers are working with retailers to promote their meat and encouraging restaurants to offer dishes made with Cornigliese lamb or mutton.

Production area
Parma province, Emilia-Romagna region

Presidium supported by
Parchi del Ducato
www.parchidelducato.it
www.facebook.com/parchidelducato
Tel. +39 0521802688
m.rossi@parchiemiliaoccidentale.it
Breeders

Agriturismo Il Rosone
di Alessia Boraschi
Strada Selvanizza, 8
Palanzano (Pr)
Tel. +39 340 0540212
info@agriturismoilrosone.it
www.agriturismoilrosone.it

Cà Mezzadri
di Matilde Azzi
Località Vestana Inferiore, 5
Corniglio (Pr)
Tel. +39 349 2205911
info@camezzadri.com
www.azagricolacamezzadri.it

Madonnina delle Nevi
di Ettore Rio
Strada Parco dei Cento Laghi, 2
Monchio delle Corti (Pr)
Tel. +39 380 5113041
az.madonninadellenevi@gmail.com

Pezzarossa
di Giampaolo Fornari
Strada Case Barbieri, 4
Neviano degli Arduini (Pr)
Tel. +39 347 1064191
marchesin.elisa@virgilio.it
www.lanabiodiversa.wordpress.com

Val Bratica
di Sara Simonetti
Via Montebello, 11
Corniglio (Pr)
Tel. +39 338 1798411
azienda.agricolavalbratica@gmail.com

Breeders with meat and processed products sales point

Casanuova
di Diadorim Saviola
Strada di Carobbio, 11
Tizzano Val Parma (Pr)
Tel. +39 349 1613984
diadorim.saviola@libero.it
www.agriturismocasanuova.com

Macelleria Orsi
Piazza Sandro Pertini-Lagrimone, 1
Tizzano Val Parma (Pr)
Tel. +39 335 7507713
macelleriaorsi@gmail.com

Il Podere dei Bianchi Galli
Località Marena, 62
Solignano (Pr)
Tel. +39 347 8522371
info@ilpoderedeibianchigalli.it
www.ilpoderedeibianchigalli.it

Macelleria Le Carnidi Ivan Calzolari
Via Cascina Piano
Langhirano (Pr)
Tel. +39 333 3065010
info@lecarni.com
www.lecarni.com
Presidium Producers' Representative
Gabriele Galli
Tel. +39 347 8522371
gabriele@ilpoderedeibianchigalli.it


Slow Food Coordinator

Marco Rossi
Tel. +39 335 403921
m.rossi@parchiemiliaoccidentale.it
To try to avert the extinction of the Cornigliese sheep, the Province of Parma and the Cento Laghi Regional Park, with the collaboration of the Provincial Livestock Farmers’ Association and the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Parma, launched a multi-faceted project to protect, revive and promote this heritage sheep breed. This ultimately led to the establishment of a Slow Food Presidium in 2018.
The Presidium involves a small group of farmers, joined together in the Regional Association of Emilia-Romagna Livestock Farmers. The production protocol specifies extensive farming methods, seasonal migration and complete traceability along the production chain.
The Presidium producers are working with retailers to promote their meat and encouraging restaurants to offer dishes made with Cornigliese lamb or mutton.

Production area
Parma province, Emilia-Romagna region

Presidium supported by
Parchi del Ducato
www.parchidelducato.it
www.facebook.com/parchidelducato
Tel. +39 0521802688
m.rossi@parchiemiliaoccidentale.it
Breeders

Agriturismo Il Rosone
di Alessia Boraschi
Strada Selvanizza, 8
Palanzano (Pr)
Tel. +39 340 0540212
info@agriturismoilrosone.it
www.agriturismoilrosone.it

Cà Mezzadri
di Matilde Azzi
Località Vestana Inferiore, 5
Corniglio (Pr)
Tel. +39 349 2205911
info@camezzadri.com
www.azagricolacamezzadri.it

Madonnina delle Nevi
di Ettore Rio
Strada Parco dei Cento Laghi, 2
Monchio delle Corti (Pr)
Tel. +39 380 5113041
az.madonninadellenevi@gmail.com

Pezzarossa
di Giampaolo Fornari
Strada Case Barbieri, 4
Neviano degli Arduini (Pr)
Tel. +39 347 1064191
marchesin.elisa@virgilio.it
www.lanabiodiversa.wordpress.com

Val Bratica
di Sara Simonetti
Via Montebello, 11
Corniglio (Pr)
Tel. +39 338 1798411
azienda.agricolavalbratica@gmail.com

Breeders with meat and processed products sales point

Casanuova
di Diadorim Saviola
Strada di Carobbio, 11
Tizzano Val Parma (Pr)
Tel. +39 349 1613984
diadorim.saviola@libero.it
www.agriturismocasanuova.com

Macelleria Orsi
Piazza Sandro Pertini-Lagrimone, 1
Tizzano Val Parma (Pr)
Tel. +39 335 7507713
macelleriaorsi@gmail.com

Il Podere dei Bianchi Galli
Località Marena, 62
Solignano (Pr)
Tel. +39 347 8522371
info@ilpoderedeibianchigalli.it
www.ilpoderedeibianchigalli.it

Macelleria Le Carnidi Ivan Calzolari
Via Cascina Piano
Langhirano (Pr)
Tel. +39 333 3065010
info@lecarni.com
www.lecarni.com
Presidium Producers' Representative
Gabriele Galli
Tel. +39 347 8522371
gabriele@ilpoderedeibianchigalli.it


Slow Food Coordinator

Marco Rossi
Tel. +39 335 403921
m.rossi@parchiemiliaoccidentale.it

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StateItaly
RegionEmilia Romagna

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CategoriesBreeds and animal husbandry