Here’s a fascinating scene by Kristin Vukovič for Culture Magazine. Follow the link below for the follow story and photo journal.
“In hand-painted red block letters, the sign on the crude wooden farm gate reads: Oštar Brav! “What does it mean in English?” I ask Martina Pernar, who heads marketing at the largest cheese factory on this Croatian island known as Pag. “It is a joke,” she says, chuckling as we walk through one of the pastures. “It means ‘Dangerous old sheep!’” I stare at the seemingly benign animals, all huddled together. “Don’t worry,” she says. “They are tough, but they don’t bite.”
On this arid 177-square-mile island in the Adriatic populated with 8,000 inhabitants and 40,000 sheep, toughness is a virtue. Pag’s particular breed of sheep—paške ovce in Croatian—has adapted to survive scathingly hot summers and frigid winters. (When Australian sheep were introduced to the island in the 1970s, they couldn’t stand the extreme heat or cold and died out.) Built for extremes, the indigenous sheep are the ideal breed for producing the milk that is used to make the island’s coveted cheese, Paški.”