Bleu du Maine Characteristics

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Bleu du Maine primarily raised for meat. The breed is originated in western France. The breed is also used to crossbreed to create mules.

Bleu du Maine breed information

Bleu du Maine a large breed that has a grayish-blue bald head.

Ram and ewe are polled (no horns).

Mature Bleu du Maine ram weighs around  110 kg (240 lb) and ewe 80 kg (175 lb).

Both sexes are polled(no horns).

Fleece weight is around 4 to 6 kg per year, with a staple length of 8 to 10 cm.

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Things to know

Bleu du Maine are easily lambed, very milky, excellent mothers and with great longevity.

It was developed from the crossing of Leicester Longwool and Wensleydale which were imported during a period from 1855 to 1880 with the now-extinct Choletais breed.

Bleu du Maine also called by Blauköpfiges Fleischschaf (German), BazougersBluefaced MaineBlue-headed MaineMaine-AnjouMaine à tête bleueMaynne Blue.

The breed is more common in the Netherlands and France, also exported to the U.K. 

The average daily gain, carcass leanness, milk yield, lambing interval are comparable with the Texel and the Bleu du Maine are lighter muscled.

Brief characteristics of Bleu du Maine

Breed NameBleu du Maine
Other NameBlauköpfiges Fleischschaf (German), BazougersBluefaced MaineBlue-headed MaineMaine-AnjouMaine à tête bleueMaynne Blue
Country/Place of OriginFrance
Breed Purposemeat
Breed Sizelarge
Weight
Ram(Male)
110 kg (240 lb)
Ewe(Female)80 kg (175 lb)
Kiddingtwins, triple and quadruplets
Good for Stall Fedopen grazing 
Climate Tolerancelocal conditions

References:

British Sheep and Wool, British Wool Marketing Board, Oak Mills, Station Rd., Clayton, Bradford. 112 pp.

European Association for Animal Production, Animal Genetic Data Bank

Mason, I.L. 1996. A World Dictionary of Livestock Breeds, Types and Varieties. Fourth Edition. C.A.B International. 273 pp.

“The Breed.” Bleu Du Maine Sheep Society. Purple Thistle PR, n.d. Web. 27 July 2015.

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