Bleu du Maine are a large grassland sheep with slate blue/grey
coloring heads. They originated in Western France in the region
of Mayenne. They were developed from crossing Leicester Longwool and
Wensleydale sheep. The breed has no wool on its head or legs.
They are similar to Texel sheep but they have a higher
litter size and age of sexual maturity. Their average daily gain, carcass
leanness, milk yield, and lambing interval are similar to the Texel, but the
Blue du Maine are lighter muscled.
They have a very alert eye, large nostrils and ears, and no horns.
Blue du Maine sheep are large; the average mature ewe weighs 80-120 kg,
rams 110-180kg. Both sexes are polled.