There is a Roscommon link to the recent birth of six lambs to a ewe at the Teagasc facility in Athenry, Co. Galway.
Nicola Fetherstone from Stonepark in Roscommon is currently studying for her PhD at the facility and the ewe is part of the flock that her studies are on.
The 24-year-old, who had studied Agricultural Science in UCD, said it was the second time in a little over a year that the ewe had given birth to sextuplets.
“The six lambs – three boys and three girls – were born at 1 am on Monday, March 18th. The ewe had six last year, three the year before and five the year before that. So, 20 in just four years,” she said.
Nicola said that mother and lambs are doing well despite having being delivered backwards!
“Some breeds may have three or four and a rare one may have five. The Belclare breed which was created by Teagasc is known for its prolificacy but even this is unusual.
“Two of the lambs have been sent out to the field with the mother while the other four are being looked after in the artificial rearing unit. They ranged in weight from 2.7kgs to 4.7kgs are they’re doing well,” she said.