A farmer in the UK had a wonderful surprise this week, as a lamb born on the farm broke all records. A lamb was born on the farm of Steve Booth in Upper Broughton, Leicestershire, as reported by the Daily Mail.
The delivery was not out of the ordinary, with the lamb in question born normally. The lamb was born at a whopping 11.2kgs, while its twin brother weighed in at approximately 2kgs. The lamb almost broke all records in the UK, just missing the top spot by one Pound. The record-weighing lamb at birth was 25lbs, born in 2015.
The farmer said it is the largest lamb he has seen in twenty years of sheep farming, though he joked that bigger ones could be on the horizon.
'We think this is the biggest one we've delivered and I've been doing this for 20 years now…This is a fairly one-off thing but you never know, there could be a bigger one around the corner.”, Steve Booth told the Daily Mail.
“We didn't know it was going to be that big until I saw it's head showing. It looked like an adult ram.”, he stated.
The farmer said the Ewe had shown no signs of carrying the extra heavy load but says the lamb got stuck when it was coming out.
“The poor thing was stuck, his head and foot were popping out but his other foot was bent back inside his mother.”, said the farmer.
The next hour was spent by the farmer and his family, trying to get the lamb out. Steve had no choice, due to his large hands, but to call his daughter in to help out. Thankfully she managed to pull the lamb out to safety.
The lamb, named Billy by the farmer, is now being loved and treated in the same manner as a family dog and loves nothing better than a bottle feed.
'Billy is now being reared on the bottle, he's more like a dog, he follows you around because he's expecting to be fed.”, said Steve.
Although it may not be the UK’s largest ever lamb, it surely is impressive. We definitely wouldn’t say now over this side of the pond!
Picture above by Tom Maddick SWNS and shows Billy and his brother lamb of the same age.