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Bluefaced Leicesters are very majestic sheep with a broad muzzle, good mouth and a tendency towards a roman nose, bright alert eyes and long erect ears. The wool fibres are normally whitish and the name comes from the dark blue skin which can be seen through the hair on their heads.
Previously known as the Hexam Leicester it is now known as the Bluefaced Leicester and is the most popular crossing sire throughout the British isles. The term Mule sheep means any crossbred sired by a Bluefaced Leicester. The 'Mule ewe' makes up almost half of the UK's crossbred ewe population. Bluefaced Leicesters can be found in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.
Working with Bluefaced Leicester
Bluefaced Leicester fibres are long and fine and forms long, narrow, curly locks. It works well for strong, smooth fabrics that will drape well.
'I found that Bluefaced Leicester, with it's longish fibres, drafts very easily, which makes my spinning much more even. It is very soft and nice to knit - you might even say it is bouncy!' (quote by Cecile Renaud)
Bluefaced Leicester Sheep Breeders Association - UK
Bluefaced Leicester Breeders Association (BFLBA) - US
Bluefaced Leicester Union of North America
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