Blueface Leicesters, or Hexham Leicesters as they were originally known,
were developed in Northern England at the beginning of the century from
crossing white-faced Leicesters with Border Cheviots. They were bred for the
primary purpose of producing highly productive crossbred ewes and quality
slaughter lambs. They are hardy, early maturing, long lived, prolific and
possess good mothering and milking abilities. Blueface Leicesters are medium
to large-sized with dark blue skin in their heads which shows through their
white hair. They produce a dense, coarse-fiber fleece.