Adorable lamb born twice the normal weight after excruciating three-hour labour
Lambing season is full of surprises for many farms, but one has welcomed a new arrival weighing TWICE as much as it should.
The adorable black Suffolk lamb, which has been given the fitting name “Big Ben”, was born last Tuesday at Manor Farm in Hoby, near Melton Mowbray, Leics weighing a whopping 20 POUNDS.
It is no wonder, then, that it took shepherd John Hendy and three helpers THREE HOURS to deliver the stocky bundle of joy.
Whilst not being the largest lamb ever born in this country, Jean Morris from the farm said Big Ben was comfortably the biggest they have ever delivered and that he towers above the rest of the new-borns.
“I don’t think there was anything unusual about either parent and this is the first time we have bred a lamb as large as this,” she said.
“His mother must have been relieved when it was over.”
Jean said Ben’s mother was an experienced seven-year-old ewe but her previous offspring have all weighed a relatively normal eight to ten pounds, half the weight of the stocky Suffolk.
She added that the farm hopes to keep Ben as a breeding ram in the hope he will pass his amazing features to his future flock.
“This year we had 86 ewes to lamb but no-one expected anyone like him,” she said.
“We are thinking about keeping him as a tup – a breeding ram – to see if he passes on his weight to the lambs he sires.”
This comes after the largest lamb born in the UK weighed in a fortnight ago in north Wales.
The lamb, named The Big One, tipped the scales at a massive 24lbs 2oz and he is also believed to be the heaviest lamb to have been born in the world.
Two years ago, Geraldine was born in Lancashire at a massive 21lb which was the co-largest at the time.
Last year Goliath was born at a hefty 22lbs 5oz in Wellington in Somerset.
The title for the heaviest Suffolk cross lamb was Bruno who was born in Worcestershire in 2009 at a healthy 21lbs.