Sheep of the month

Simply Knitting - - In This Issue -

Read all about the Bleu du Maine, the breed that’ll give you a stern look

ES­TAB­LISHED IN UK 20th cen­tury WOOL TYPE Medium

LO­CA­TION In small num­bers through­out the UK

HAN­DLE Medium/soft

COLOUR White/cream

FLEECE WEIGHT 2.5-4kg

DID YOU KNOW? Com­pared to their bod­ies, and to other Bri­tish breeds, they have rather small heads. Bleu du Maines are ac­tu­ally a cross be­tween Leicester Long­wool and Wens­ley­dale sheep. The ad­di­tion of a ‘Mil­len­nium Bleu’ was cre­ated in 2000 by cross­ing a Bleu du Maine ewe with a Bel­tex ram.

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