By Isha Sesay • 09 December 2019 • 10:07
A group of sheep at Ariant estate in Pollença. Credit: FVSM
THE Mediterranean Wildlife Foundation Wildlife (FVSM) in Mallorca, Spain, have announced that 50% of their sheep are purebred Mallorcan variety.
Founded in Mallorca in 2002, the foundation aims to conserve biodiversity and rural traditions in the Balearic Islands through scientific studies, environmental education, responsible ecotourism and Land Stewardship. In 2012, the FVSM were donated the Ariant Estate, a farm of approximately 1000 hectares located in the Serra de Tramuntana. Since then, its multidisciplinary team have focused their efforts on optimising their work through ecology.
The sheep that were originally at Ariant were a mixture between the Ile de France and White Mallorcan Mountain variety. One of the foundation’s first initiatives was to carry out selective breeding to attain purebreds, which would be better adapted to the climate and orography of the farm. Through this, a greater environmental balance has been achieved.
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