Mules and Half Breds are the most common type of sheep in the country and make up a large majority of our commercial flocks. They are good mothers and can carry twins, triplets or even quads! They produce fast-growing, lively lambs which makes them perfect for the commercial meat market. As well as this, some types of Mule also produce high-quality fleeces due to the rams that have been used as sires.
The Bluefaced Leicester is one of the most well known sheep breeds in the UK today, and arguably one of the most important. Easily recognisable with its aquiline nose, pronounced ears and deep blue skin it is popular for crossing and is used as a terminal sire for nearly 50% of the UKs commercial breeding flock. Its popularity as a terminal sire, however, has led to a divide within the breed with two distinctly different looking types. This has led many to call for the Bluefaced Leicester to be divided into two distinct breeds, the traditional and the crossing-type.