Google+ The sheep and goat from Ibiza are the most endangered breeds in Spain | IbizaFoodie
Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image

IbizaFoodie | April 22, 2021

Scroll to top

Top

The sheep and goat from Ibiza are the most endangered breeds in Spain | IbizaFoodie

The sheep and goat from Ibiza are the most endangered breeds in Spain

A few days ago, the Commission of the native Ibizan races has hold a meeting. This annual meeting serves to study the guidelines that genealogically organize the population; consanguinity is studied to avoid the biological deterioration of each of the races; the productive capacity of each family of these animals is investigated; and there are being decided the best matings that help to improve the race.

The data handled by “FEPIRA” shows, that year after year, the animal census is increasing, around 5%. The situation of each one is the following:

Resultado de imagen de raza autoctona ibiza

Sheep.- 215 heads

Goat.- 200 heads

Rabbit.- 80 animals

Chicken.- 79 animals ringed

Balck pig.- 60 heads (46 in Ibiza and 14 in Formentera)

“The conjuncture of sheep and goats is very complicated. They are the most threatened breeds in Spain, since there are very few of them. The number of small ruminants, to consider that an autochthonous race is out of danger is 9,000 copies” said Juan Vicente Delgado. He especially highlighted the work that is being done with the “porc negre” (black pig) since “being almost extinct, as it happened to Lazarus, he rose again, he got up and walked”

“The best way to preserve a race, is to eat it”

The professor believes that “it is fundamental to take care of the animal heritage as the artistic or historical heritage is protected. The autochthonous races are the achievement of the work of Ibizan farmers over the centuries and that may end up lost. For the geneticist, “the best way to conserve a race, is to eat it. These animals are produced for human consumption, if nobody consumes them, they will disappear. “

Both, the geneticist and the president of “FEPIRA” have been optimistic, because in addition to the gradual increase in the number of censuses, a diversification of producers is taking place. “Until very recently, the fact that one of the ranchers will stop working with a race, was a premonition that it could disappear. Fortunately, young, very involved producers are joining. This is the only way to get more stable and more productive breeds. “