The Welsh Halfbred is the first cross between a Welsh ewe and a Border Leicester ram. The average weight of the ewes is 55-61kgs
They are bred to be low cost producers of quality prime lamb. The ewe inherits hardiness, milkiness and good foraging ability from her Welsh breeding and as a result she can be stocked at higher rates and requires less feeding of concentrates than some other breeds.
These factors, combined with the conformation and good coat inherited from the Border Leicester, make her a hardy and economic lamb producer in both lowland and upland environments.
The Welsh Halfbred ewe has a reputation for wearing well in the mouth and udder and this factor adds to her profitability as regards flock replacements.
A survey among Welsh Halfbred buyers from England, Scotland and Wales showed that the average classifications for those selling deadweight were U3L and R3L.
The survey also showed that while Texels and Suffolks were still the most popular choice of terminal sires, Charollais and other continental breeds were achieving similar good carcase results.
Welsh Halfbred wether lambs also find a ready market with the improved conformation and size they inherit from the Border Leicester.