largest lamb' born on farm near Burnham-On-Sea
newly born lamb in East Huntspill has been in the national media
spotlight this week after being named the world's largest after
weighing in at a massive 23lb.
stocky-legged animal, called Sally, is three times the size of
a normal lamb and left farmer Ken Jones a little puzzled when
his ewe, Daisy, kept on getting bigger, and bigger, but didn't
He soon found out why when he spotted the sheep struggling to
give birth on Sunday (March 14th).
always keep an eye on them,' Mr Jones, who is a part-time sheep
farmer with his wife Susan, told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
was lying down and pushing for quite some time and obviously having
some difficulties so I went to help."
"I thought she was having triplets she was so big. As I pulled
the front legs I thought 'this is a big one'. It only came out
about halfway when normally that would have been the whole lamb
- it just kept coming and coming."
"It was incredible. We've had quite a few big lambs, but
she was nearly twice the size of anything we have had before."
The whole delivery took about 15 minutes, compared to the usual
two or three minutes for a normal sized lamb.
"They are usually a bit lazy when they are big, but she was
surprisingly quick to get up," said Mr Jones.
Realising he had a much larger-than-average lamb on his hands,
the farmer, who also runs a marquee hire company, found a pair
of fishing scales on which to weigh the new member of the flock.
lamb will be full size in about four months and the Jones family
are keen to see just how big Sally will be.
Typically a lamb grows to 40lb, which means based on the current
ratio Sally could be more than 120lb. Mr Jones, however, predicts
she could reach 60lb.