Quins and Quads at Teagasc farms
It won't be "Lonely round the Fields of Athenry" this Spring as Teagasc Athenry celebrates the arrival of five lambs to a pedigree Belclare ewe there. Meanwhile at Clonakilty College Farm, an UnBaa-lievable set of Quad lambs were born. Read about the two marvelous mothers and their progeny here
Did 'Ewe' hear about the Quins of Athenry?
Norina Coppinger, Campus Administrator, at Teagasc Mellows Campus Athenry says "We are pleased to announce the birth of 5 healthy lambs to our wonderful Belclare mammy; she has had 27 lambs over 6 years. That’s some record!"
This purebred Belclare ewe, born in 2014, delivered quintuplet lambs in 2016 - her first lamb crop, a set of triplets in 2017, sextuplets in 2018, sextuplets in 2019 and twins in 2020.
Henry Walsh, Technician, explains that two of the purebred lambs will stay with their mother while the other three purebreds will be moved onto an artifical rearing system. There are 75 purebred Belclare ewes in the Athenry flock. This ewe was the first and only Belclare ewe to ever have had 6 lambs at Athenry. The Belclare ewe group is the last group to lamb on the farm, which also has Suffolk, Texel, New Zealand Suffolk and New Zealand Texel ewes also on farm.
Find out more about Teagasc Athenry Sheep Research here
Meanwhile at Teagasc Clonakilty Agricultural College.....
“UnBaa-lievable Set of Quad Lambs Born in Clonakilty”
Students and staff at Teagasc Clonakilty Agricultural College were amazed and delighted with the safe arrival of a set of quadruplet lambs on the 26th of February. The 4 year old Texel cross ewe gave birth assisted to the four lambs and they are all doing well. College Principal, Keith Kennedy, commented that "the ewe is doing a great job with them, she's an excellent mother". The same ewe delivered triplet lambs in 2020 and a single in 2019. College Teacher, Ciara O'Donovan, says that "the target is for each ewe to raise 2 lambs, so we will be keeping a close eye on this group".
See how the four "Clon cuties" are doing in this short video clip
Find out more about Clonakilty Agricultural College and Farm here