This ancient indigenous Romanian sheep (lamb) breed from Carpathian mountains was dispersed by Romanian transhumance shepherds and by former “Walachian” populations who use to live in this area. As a result of the traditional community breeding the sheep/lamb breed has an island structure with easy visible different emergent sheep/lamb breeds, each with different morphological and production traits. Some sheep types are Transhumant lamb Tsurcana (white wool), Black lamb Tsurcana (North Moldavia), Caransebes lamb Tsurcana (Western Carpathians), Hatseg lamb Tsurcana (Meridional Carpathians) or Gray lamb Tsurcana (Central Moldavia and middle Oriental Carpathians).
The Tsurcana Breed of Romanian Lambs
The Tsurcana breed of Romanian lambs is available for sale in great numbers and therefore represents the backbone of our livestock business. Per client’s request, it can be delivered with or without wool.
Tsurcana sheep breed has the largest spread amongst the romanian shepherds. This breed is also called „The queen of the mountains”, it’s stable, resilient, not pretentious, offering mixed meat, milk and wool productions. This is what made them so popular amongst romanian villages.
In spite of the breeder’s migration to the specialized, foreign sheep breeds for meat or milk, many farmers are sticking with the authentic romanian sheeps. Amongst these, one of the best known breeds in Romania is Tsurcana especially because it’s remarcable rustic adaptibility, qualities that recommends it to be grown from the plain to the mountain zones.
The Tsurcana sheep is one of the most popular sheep reeds in Romania and not only. Judging by the multitude of distinct types and populations with a good consolidation, it can be considered a super-breed. The Tsurcana sheep breed is present in many varieties and combinations like the white Tsurcana (Bele), Oacheșe sheep, Bucălăi sheep, Brezate sheep or Mărcușe sheep. The most representative from these is the Tsurcană Bucălaie sheep with the hair on the face and feet coloured in brown to black.