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Wednesday 3 September 2014

Terence the lamb is new NT recruit

Published 15/04/2014 | 09:52

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Verity Sharpe, 13, with Terence the lamb at the National Trust's Arlington Court property in Devon. (Steven Haywood/National Trust/PA)
Verity Sharpe, 13, with Terence the lamb. (Steven Haywood/National Trust/PA)
Factories were facing a farmer backlash this week, with buyers admitting that lamb producers were resisting continuing efforts to pull prices further.

A wobbly lamb has become the latest member of staff at a National Trust property.

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Terence was not expected to survive when he was born at Arlington Court near Barnstaple, Devon.

The Jacob sheep, who was one of twins, struggled to walk and was very small, so was taken away from his mother.

He is now being reared by Murray Sharpe, head ranger at Arlington Court, who bottle-feeds Terence every four hours.

Terence spends all his time with Mr Sharpe and travels in his Land Rover across the 2,700-acre estate.

He also attends meetings and helps Mr Sharpe greet visitors at the property, which is home to a historic herd of 65 Jacob sheep.

"Easter is always a really busy time at Arlington and this year is no exception, with record numbers of sheep in lamb," Mr Sharpe said.

"Fortunately Ter ence has really fitted into the team and seems quite happy to accompany me on the wide range of tasks I have each day. He certainly adds a certain sparkle to our team meetings, it must be said.

"Our visitors at this time of year are able to meet all our lambs and sheep in their natural environment and learn about the role they play here at Arlington."

Sheep have been farmed at Arlington Court for more than 100 years and are a traditional way of grazing the land.

This year, the property has welcomed 31 lambs from 17 ewes, most of which have been "doubles", with one "triple".

Arlington Court was home to the Chichester family for more than 6,000 years, until Rosalie Chichester left the estate to the National Trust in 1949.

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