The Beulah Speckled Face sheep is a breed of domestic sheep from United Kingdom. It is a meat sheep breed which have been bred in the uplands of Wales for more than a hundred years. It is common mostly in Abergwesyn, Eppynt, Llanwrtyd Wells and Llanafan Fawr. And the breed is little known outside Wales. It was named for it’s distinctly patterned black and white face, which is generally free of wool.
Exact origins of the Beulah Speckled Face sheep breed are unclear. The breed may be a truly native breed that has been selected to suit the local environment for centuries. A breed society was officially formed in 1958. And today, it is raised mainly for meat production. Read some more information about this sheep breed below.
Beulah Speckled Face Sheep Characteristics
The Beulah Speckled Face sheep are medium-sized animals. But they are pretty large in size compared to some other hill sheep breeds. They have distinctly patterned black and white face, and their face is free from wool. Both rams and ewes are generally polled. They have a black muzzle, and have black around the eyes and around the ears. Their legs are also black and white.
Average live body weight of the mature Beulah Speckled Face rams is around 86 kg. And the mature ewes on average weight around 52 kg. Photo from Farmers Weekly and info from Wikipedia.
The Beulah Speckled Face sheep is a meat sheep breed. It is raised mainly for meat production.
The Beulah Speckled Face sheep are hardy animals. They are well adapted to their native climates for centuries. Today the breed is raised mainly for meat production, but also pretty good for producing wool. Their fleece production is around 1.4 to 3.5 kg per year. The fleece is white in color with no dark fibers, and the wool has little crimp and dyes easily. The wool is used for hand spinning, weaving and knitting for making garments and fabrics.
The Beulah Speckled Face ewes are often crossed with lowland rams such as the Texel, Bluefaced Leicester and Suffolk to bred mules, and also to produce market lambs for meat production. The lambs do not meet today’s export demand for lean, fast-growing sheep when they are bred pure. The ewes are excellent mothers and they produce enough milk for their lambs. However, review full breed profile of the Beulah Speckled Face sheep in the following chart.
Beulah Speckled Face Sheep | Breed Profile
|Breed Name||Beulah Speckled Face|
|Breed Purpose||Mainly meat|
|Special Notes||Well adapted to local climates, very hardy animals, today raised mainly for meat, but are also pretty good for producing wool, the ewes are excellent mothers and they are often crossed with lowland rams, they produce enough milk for their lambs|
|Weight||Mature ram’s average live body weight is around 86 kg, and the mature ewe’s average live body weight is around 52 kg.|
|Climate Tolerance||Native climates|
|Country/Place of Origin||United Kingdom|