This breed originated from the crossing of a Blue-faced Leicester and the Scottish Blackface.
The mule has become increasingly popular in recent years, due to their great mothering abilities, hardiness, prolificacy and their ability to produce top quality lambs. Most Mule ewes are able to produce two lambs a year. Whilst many ewe lambs are also able to be bred in their first year, due to them reaching maturity at a younger age. Mothers also have outstanding milking abilities, aiding lamb growth rates. Lambs can reach the target slaughter weight of 18-21kgs with ease.
Ewes can produce a high number of ambs in their lifetime, due to the breeds longevity and prolificacy levels. This helps save farmers money, by reducing replacement rates. Their high number of lambs also helps farmers increase profits, due to more lambs to sell. Ewe lambs are at their optimum weight for tupping, at over 45kgs.
They are very unique in their looks, they have black faces with white and grey speckles. These colourings are usually down the centre of the face. They are very distinct, as you can see in the picture above.
The Mayo mule, the sheep that provides more lambs than nearly every other breed.