Main Purpose of the Breed
On the hills the ewes are normally pure bred providing flock replacements, finished lambs for the meat trade or store lambs for finishing on lowland farms; being easily managed and lambed because they require minimal attention. The Beulah ewe is also ideal for crossing with most Continental rams, as well as a Suffolk or any suitable Down ram, to produce the quality carcasses required by the present day British and export trade. Draft ewes are keenly sought after by the lowland farmer to use for crossing with Down rams, as these ewes have an excellent reputation for good mothering and milking. It is bigger and less hardy than the true mountain sheep which spend all of their lives on the hills and mountains; although there are strains of Speckled mountain sheep of a very hard type, these do not exhibit the same characteristics, nor are they managed in the same way as the true Beulah Speckled Face sheep. Due to this management, where the ewes spend part of the year in confined areas or fields, they are easier to manage than the true mountain sheep, when sold to lowland farmers as draft ewes.