The chances of a ewe giving birth to five lambs is a million to one, but a farm family in Co. Donegal has beaten the odds this Christmas.
One of the ewes on James Vance's farm in Ballinacarrick, Ballintra, Co. Donegal - owned by his eight-year-old son - Nathan - gave birth to quintuplets on Christmas Day.
The two ram lambs and three ewe lambs are sired by Clive and Jordan long's Blessington Champion ram and are at the first set of quintuplets to be born on the Donegal farm.
The Lleyn ewe was placed third in the Lleyn in-lamb ewe society sale and was sold carrying four lambs, according to her owner.
Speaking exclusively to That's Farming, Laura Doherty - Nathan's mother - said: " My son is overjoyed as this is his ewe that he showed all year; the ewe placed at up to five shows this year."
"One of her full brothers was awarded four first prizes and was tapped forward as champion on three occasions and reserve champion including Bonniconlon Show. Their mother was first and champion at Roscommon society sale in 2017."
"The lambs are doing great and we cannot believe how good they are," Laura concluded.
Image source: Laura Doherty