The Bluefaced Leicester is the single most significant sheep
breed in the UK today, with nearly 50% of the UKs commercial breeding flock
being sired by the Bluefaced Leicester. Of the remaining 50% around
half are being mated with Bluefaced Leicester rams to produce Mule ewes.
The great strength of the Blueface, is that no matter what breed of sheep its
crossed with, its progeny the Mule proves a better commercial ewe than its
mother. The Bluefaced Leicesters improve prolificacy, mothering ability, ease
of management and most importantly financial return. The breed started in
Northumberland around 100 years ago. Over the last half century the breed has
spread all over the UK, especially into Scotland and Wales where, in the last
ten years, some of the breeds top stock has been produced.
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