The farming world lit up last week with the news of the Mayo quintuplets the popular story got lots of views here on That’s Farming but now the record has been smashed as we’ve got a report of two sets of quintuplets lambs born on a farm in Offaly. Thats 10 lambs to 2 ewes!
Graham Armitage was in contact with us to share the good news. The Ag student currently studyng in Gurteen is currently on a farm placement in kileigh in Offaly.
‘There’s 6 sets of quins scanned on the farm,’ Graham explained to us, ‘and so far 2 have lambed.’
The Suffolk cross belclare ewes are in lamb to a Charolais ram and its this factor that has lead to the ewes lambing down themselves.
‘I kept an eye on them but they did it all themselves,’ he explained.
Graham is doing his placement on the farm of Ken Matthews alongside 2 vet students from UCD.
‘The bulk of the ewes are going to start lambing at the end of this week, the start of next.’
With 400 ewes to lamb the 19 year old is very busy.
‘We farm beef and store lambs at home so its different and really exciting says Graham who also comes from birr County Offaly.
With the ewes scanned at a 2.8 average it seems he’s going to have a busy nights ahead!
You can watch the video of the two quins here!