Last week’s sheep feature gave a snapshot of the Italian sheep sector. It detailed the strong tradition of milking ewes for cheese production and gave a glimpse of continuous change in the sector with the adoption of new technology facilitating growth and the development of more intensive dairy units.

The Societá Agricola Piras Michelino farm is located a short distance outside the city of Sassari in north Sardinia. The farm, which is run by Michele Paris and his son with seasonal help, has witnessed significant change in the last 30 to 40 years. Some of this has been necessary to facilitate enterprise growth and labour efficiency, while other advancements have underpinned an improvement in animal performance.