Monday 23 April 2018

Sextuplets 'break lambing records'

Sextuplet lambs born at Colesmore Farm, near Dorchester, Dorset (Positive PR/PA)
Sextuplet lambs born at Colesmore Farm, near Dorchester, Dorset (Positive PR/PA)

A sheep farmer may have broken local records for live lambs born to a single ewe after his Roussin cross Mule gave birth to six healthy lambs.

Rorie Geddes, who farms at Colesmoor Farm, Toller Porcorum, near Dorchester, Dorset, with his wife Rachael, was amazed when the five-year-old mother successfully produced sextuplets.

He said: "Although we have lots of triplets and quadruplets and the occasional quintuplet from our 300 ewes, we have never heard of a commercial ewe having six good lambs.

"She had been pregnancy scanned to have five lambs so it was a nice surprise for Emily, our night time lamber, when a sixth turned up.

"She will probably rear three of them and the other three will join our other orphan lambs."

Press Association

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Editors Choice

Also in World News