The Exmoor Mule is derived from using a Blue Faced Leicester Ram on an Exmoor Horn ewe. The resultant cross-bred ewe is considered by many as one of the finest mules available.
The Exmoor Mule retains many of the qualities of the Exmoor Horn; it has a quiet temperament and is easy to contain and handle, whilst exhibiting the improved hybrid vigour performance of the cross-bred animal. The lambs achieve good weight gains from grass and finish easily at around 18-22g deadweight.
The influence of the Blue Faced Leicester produces a good sized, long animal of good confirmation and excellent fat to weight ratio.
Key Points of the Exmoor Mule are:
Prolific – 160-200% lambing
Longevity – Hardwearing ewe that holds it teeth
Maternal Ability – very milky, good mothers
Premium Quality Lamb – 18-22kg dw. 2-3L fatness and U/R+ confirmation
Hard Feet – very little foot trouble
Low Flock Depreciation – long lived and cheaply maintained