The Zerasca sheep breed has managed to maintain its characteristics unaltered over time, thanks to the isolation of its native Lunigiana. These hardy sheep are medium-large in size, with a well-proportioned head, long horns and a white coat. They are kept indoors only during the coldest months, and spend the rest of the year being pastured. In this part of Tuscany, pastures still cover significant expanses of land, and thanks to the lack of industrial activity in the area, they are still wild and unpolluted. The most traditional dish is lamb “al testo”, cooked in a cast-iron pot set over burning coals.
Lamb meat can be found during the year according to the breed's reproductive cycles.
Zeri, Mulazzo, Pontremoli, Filattiera, Bagnone Municipalities at altitudes above 800 meters, Massa-Carrara Province
Presidium supported by
Massa-Carrara Provincial Authority, Lunigiana Mountain Community, Municipality of Zeri, Massa-Carrara Chamber of Commerce
Consorzio per la valorizzazione e la tutela della pecora e dell’agnello di Zeri
Località PatignoZeri (Ms)
The consortium brings together the breeders Cinzia Angiolini, Iva Beccari, Vera Bertoni, Patrizia Figaroli, Mario Filippelli, Mirco Grilli, Società agricola Le Modeste, Vanessa Valenti di Zeri e Claudio Ribolla of Pontremoli.