In fact, the great protagonist of our product is her, the Manchegan sheep. As we all know, Manchego cheese would not exist without her, since you can only make Manchego cheese with milk from this sheep variety.
The Manchegan sheep belongs to one of the few sheep breeds that still maintains its purity, free of crossbreeds. Like any animal, the sheep from La Mancha needs a geography according to it, which in this case it is characterized by being a plain in the central plateau of the peninsula (known as La Mancha) and which sits on limestone-clayey soils, with an altitude above sea level that lies between 650 and 800 meters and with an extreme climate, with large thermal oscillations and there is a shortage of rain in this plateau.
At Finca Villadiego we maintain a cattle herd of more than 4,500 sheep, which are registered in the National Registry of Manchegan Breed and belong to the selection scheme under the supervision of AGRAMA “National Association of Breeders of Manchegan Raised Ovine Cattle “. This implies both an exhaustive control of the milk production of every single animal and a natural selection, aiming at improving not only the breed but also the quality of its production. In parallel, care is taken especially for the treatment of animals according to a scrupulous animal welfare protocol.
The treatment and care with which we work with our sheep is fundamental for the quality of the milk, since a good diet and animal welfare without stress will enable the sheep to produce more milk and of a higher quality.
Finally, milking is carried out in our facilities, adequate and specially designed for the proper management of the Mancehgan sheep. Two daily milkings are made to each sheep obtaining 1,5L / Day approximately; thereby getting a perfect harmony between fats and proteins.
The following image shows our cattle grazing in one of the meadows of Finca Villadiego.