FAO recognizes the Pelifolk sheep by incorporating it into WDISDA

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development announced that the Pelifolk breed of sheep, the first 100% Mexican breed, obtained recognition from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) by incorporating it into the World Diversity Information System of Domestic Animals (WDISDA).

Posted on May 24 ,00:05

FAO recognizes the Pelifolk sheep by incorporating it into WDISDA

This is a recognition of the national sheep culture and the creation of this Mexican breed, he stressed when celebrating the meeting "Our wealth: The Pelifolk sheep" in Zapotlanejo, Jalisco.

As part of this distinction, a commemorative National Lottery ticket was also unveiled, with a jackpot of seven million pesos in a series and a distributable bag of 24 million pesos in prizes.

The general coordinator of Livestock of the Ministry of Agriculture, Arturo Macosay Córdova, highlighted that this recognition is for the work of the producers, the contribution of sheep farming to the nutrition of Mexicans and the development of national livestock.

"This productive activity provides meat, milk, wool and skin, and 53.4 percent of the sheep inventory is in the State of Mexico, Hidalgo, Veracruz, Puebla, Zacatecas and Jalisco", said the Secretary Víctor Villalobos Arámbula.

In 2021, an agreement was established between the General Livestock Coordination and the Mexican Association of Pelifolk Registry Sheep Breeders, which gave rise to the Technical Regulations for this breed of sheep and the issuance of the registration certificate, which is validated by the federal government.

This certification endorses the process of raising sheep and is the result of more than 30 years of work and effort by all Pelifolk sheep producers, he explained.

The Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development of Jalisco, Ana Lucía Camacho Sevilla, explained that this breed was created in 1991, in 2010 it was accredited as the first developed in Mexico, in 2021 it obtained the official certification record and the FAO recently recognized it by incorporating it into the World Domestic Animal Diversity Information System.

The president of the Mexican Association of Registry Pelifolk Sheep Breeders, Reyes Venegas Estrada, stressed that the unveiling of the lottery ticket represents a historic day for sheep farming and the Pelifolk breed, as it recognizes the work of the producers.

He highlighted that the Pelifolk sheep was developed in the municipality of Zapotlanejo and it is expected that it will be reproduced throughout the country, known worldwide and that the export protocol accreditation work will begin.

The president of the Technical Committee of the Mexican Association of Registry Pelifolk Sheep Breeders, Benjamín Nuño Hernández, recalled that more than three decades ago he began the journey to use genetic resources and create a more efficient and productive breed of sheep in Jalisco.

The origin scheme, he said, incorporates three pure breeds –Black belly, Suffolk and Pelibuey–, which later allowed the Pelifolk sheep to be consolidated as the first Mexican breed of sheep and was officially recognized on December 11, 2021, with the participation of producers from 12 states.

Mexico today has 4,200 females and 900 Pelifolk sheep stallions, but high genetic material from the first specimens is kept frozen to continue their uses and research, he specified.

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