Abruzzo is one of the Italian regions with the strongest vocation for goat/sheep farming that, although decreasing, still includes more than 300 000 sheep and 12 000 goat heads (Source: ISTAT 2010) heads in the region. However, at the same time, in this region, like everywhere else in Italy, a progressive reduction of the breeds used in the ovicaprine sector is observed. One of the sheep breeds that are in high danger of extinction is the pagliarola sheep. The name is due to its winter diet, which is mainly based on straw.
The project wants to increase the visibility of the link between environment and ovicaprine farming through the genetic characterisation and the multiplication of the population. In order to obtain this result, a collection of reproduction and genetic techniques, from the basic ones to the most pioneering ones, will be used.