|Photo Source: National Sheep Association.|
Welsh Halfbred, also known as Welsh Mules, are the progeny
of registered Bluefaced Leicester rams crossed with ewes of one of three hardy
hill breeds from Mid and North Wales -- the Welsh Mountain, Welsh Hill Speckled
Face and Bealah -- all having the reputation for being healthy, hardy, good
foragers with exceptional mothering qualities.
The Welsh Halfbred was developed in the 1970's to satisfy
the demand from prime lamb producers for a prolific ewe with good growth
potential, good milking capacity, and when crossed with modern breeds of meat
sires, the ability to produce prime quality, long lean-finished lambs. Facial
coloration varies from white to a dark mottled or speckeled, depending upon
Photo Source: National Sheep Association.