Zeri Lamb

Italy

Tuscany

Breeds and animal husbandry

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Zeri Lamb

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.

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Season

Lamb meat can be found during the year according to the breed's reproductive cycles, and is especially common between December and April.

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The Presidium has convinced farmers to focus on lamb meat, increasing the number of animals they keep and working with local restaurants, shops and butchers. The aim is to guarantee an adequate income for the farmers, who have joined in a consortium, and ensure that the market recognizes the quality of the meat. Future plans include the opening of a small slaughterhouse to facilitate sales.

Production area
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
Zeri (Ms)
Chiesa di Rossano
Località Canonica
tel. +39 0187 449064
339 6397599
tercana@libero.it

Cinzia Angiolini and Renato Albanese, Iva Beccari and Luisa Quiligotti, Lucia Ferrari, Patrizia Figaroli, Roberto Figaroli, Mario Filippelli, Maria Lorenzelli, Ivana Marini and Valentina Merletti, Patrizia Rampini, Claudio Ribolla, Isolina Terzi and Vanessa Valenti, Claudia Taddei and Luca Faggiani, Giuseppe Tognarelli, Alice Chiesa and Marco Bruzzoni, Angelo Bruzzoni, Giancarlo Nadotti, Mirco Grilli, Ivana Pedrinelli

Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Cinzia Angiolini
Tel. +39 339 6397599
cinziangiolini@gmail.com

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Marco Cavellini
Tel. +39 0585 499430
Cell. +39 333 3261940
slowfoodluniapua@gmail.com
The Presidium has convinced farmers to focus on lamb meat, increasing the number of animals they keep and working with local restaurants, shops and butchers. The aim is to guarantee an adequate income for the farmers, who have joined in a consortium, and ensure that the market recognizes the quality of the meat. Future plans include the opening of a small slaughterhouse to facilitate sales.

Production area
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
Zeri (Ms)
Chiesa di Rossano
Località Canonica
tel. +39 0187 449064
339 6397599
tercana@libero.it

Cinzia Angiolini and Renato Albanese, Iva Beccari and Luisa Quiligotti, Lucia Ferrari, Patrizia Figaroli, Roberto Figaroli, Mario Filippelli, Maria Lorenzelli, Ivana Marini and Valentina Merletti, Patrizia Rampini, Claudio Ribolla, Isolina Terzi and Vanessa Valenti, Claudia Taddei and Luca Faggiani, Giuseppe Tognarelli, Alice Chiesa and Marco Bruzzoni, Angelo Bruzzoni, Giancarlo Nadotti, Mirco Grilli, Ivana Pedrinelli

Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Cinzia Angiolini
Tel. +39 339 6397599
cinziangiolini@gmail.com

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Marco Cavellini
Tel. +39 0585 499430
Cell. +39 333 3261940
slowfoodluniapua@gmail.com