La Brigue, a town located in Val Roya, was once an important pastoralism centre, covering an area which includes Liguria, Piedmont and the Provence.
A type of sheep is native to this area, it is similar to the "frabosana" sheep, and it is therefore fitting for the impervious areas where it is brought to graze.
Thanks to its milk, it is possible to produce two different products: the toma and the brus (or brusso). At the beginning of the 20th century, over 60 thousand animals were kept in this area, but this number has dramatically decreased to only 1.800 animals in the entire ligurian region.
In order to preserve this species and to promote the products of this ovine, to sustain the shepherds, Slow Food and the ligurian regional authorities have decided to safeguard the production of the extraordinary "Toma di pecora brigasca".