Wicklow Mountain Ewes are eagerly sought after by lowland farmers throughout Ireland. They are extremely good foragers and are recognized as the best ewe to produce fat lambs off grass and grass alone.
Direct crossing with the Suffolk is the common practice when Wicklow ewes are purchased by lowland farmers. This cross is regarded by many as having no equal for production of the type of lamb having the greatest modern demand – a medium quick maturing lamb, with most acceptable carcass quality.
The pure-bred Wicklow lamb, although not as early to mature, when finished, has the carcass most sought after by the Continental trade.