TIP What is a mule?

Country Smallholding - - Tim's Tips -

A mule is a cross­bred ewe sired by a Blue­faced Le­ices­ter ram, and a half­bred is a cross­bred ewe sired by a bor­der Le­ices­ter ram. In most cases the cross­ing sire is put to a hill ewe, so, for ex­am­ple there’s a Scotch mule (Scot­tish Black­face ewe crossed with Blue­faced Le­ices­ter ram) and there’s a Welsh half­bred ( Welsh moun­tain ewe crossed with bor­der Le­ices­ter ram.)

How­ever, just to con­fuse mat­ters, there are a few ex­cep­tions to th­ese gen­eral rules. One such is the Kent half­bred, which is a cross be­tween a Rom­ney and a Lleyn. I think that Kent half­breds were quite pop­u­lar in the 1980s, but you don’t hear much about them th­ese days.

A mule ewe with a Suf­folk cross lamb

A Blue­faced Le­ices­ter ram - used to sire mule breed­ing ewes.

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