Giclee print on A3 archival paper. Image area 21 x 27 cm approximately.
The Bluefaced Leicester evolved from a breeding scheme, to develop the Longwool sheep in the 1700's, by Robert Bakewell. Originally known as the Dishly Leicester, the breed developed over the next 200 years and became known as the Hexham Leicester due to it's early concentration in Northern England. Today it is known as the Bluefaced Leicester and is now the most popular crossing sire in the UK. The Bluefaced Leicester is regularly crossed with many of the native British breeds, particularly hill breeds such as Swaledale, Blackface, Welsh Mountain and Cheviot, to produce the Mule ewe. The term Mule sheep means any crossbred sired by a Bluefaced Leicester. The 'Mule ewe' now makes up almost half of the UK's crossbred ewe population.