For centuries, cattle, sheep and goats, by feeding with the fertile Silan pastures, have represented a source of profit for local inhabitants. However, the origin of the abandonment of the pastoral activity and the resulting productive and economic decrease, particularly linked to the milk proceeding, is to be found in the hard work of shepherds, subject to weather harshness, and in the seasons alternation.
Emigration too, encouraged by the post-war economic development, has marked a strong reduction of some typical products of cheese industry of the Silan district. Steps towards the protection of the farming of autochthonous species, such as the southern “podolica” among sheep, and the Calabrian “moscia” among cattle, have aimed at partly recovering a situation which has become quite precarious in the course of time.
The growing interest towards the economy of sausages made the swine breeding increase, favouring, however, the “Calabrian black” for the typicality of its tasty and nourishing meats, fed with chestnut and oak fruits still abundant in the whole Silan area, giving them a suitable marbling.
The National Park Agency aims especially at promoting the creation of its own brand on the typical agro-industrial products of the Silan district, in order to be qualified, protected and spread in the wide global market.