Surprise at Heath Farm, in Hessett, as ewe Rosie gives birth to four rams
Spring has sprung at a Hessett farm after quad lambs were born.
Ewe Rosie gave farmer KT Mitcham-Henry and business partner Mike Phillips a surprise when she gave birth to the rams at Heath Farm.
The quads were a first for KT and Mike, as the odds of quadruplets are 500-1.
"It's fantastic. Quads is something I have never seen on our farm as they are rare outside commercial rearing," said KT.
They were born overnight on a windy Friday two weeks ago. When KT realised Rosie had given birth to one lamb – now named Rafiki – she was put in a stall. On returning in the early hours there were three more lambs in the pen.
"It was a case of 'blooming heck Rosie, you've had quads!'," said KT.
The lambs have been distributed for Rosie's welfare, with ewe Flossie – whose own lamb was stillborn – taking one under her wing, first-born Rafiki being bottle fed and the remaining two staying with their mum.
In addition to the quads the farm has welcomed four sets of triplets so far, which is 'unheard of' for us'.