Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Five lambs by a Suffolk

A Michigan sheep farmer returned home from his farm after one of his ewes gave birth to cute, fluffy twin lambs last week. When he returned in the morning, there were five babies, a true rarity in the world of sheepery, particularly given the breeds of the ewe and sire -- a Suffolk mix and a Cheviot.

Lansing State Journal imageMichigan State University sheep expert Alan Culham confirmed the rarity. Five lambs by a Suffolk? Culham said. "I would say it's easily one in 10,000, and it might even be rarer than that because it just doesn't happen."

And just like the California woman who delivered enough kids in January to fill a minivan, the ewe needs assistance. Every six hours, the farmer drives the quarter mile from his house to his barn to bottle feed several of the five, all of whom are forever hungry.

Read full article in Lansing State Journal

Thanks to Navonne Owen, 4-H program assistant in Caroline County, for suggesting this entry to the blog.