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PHOTOS & VIDEO: One of the largest lambs ever born on farm near Bideford

By NDJPhilippa  |  Posted: April 04, 2013

  • The giant lamb which has been dubbed 'The Beast' next to a lamb which was born on the same day

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WHAT is thought to be one of the largest lambs ever recorded has been born on a 300 acre farm near Bideford. 
The giant lamb, which has been dubbed "the beast" by the farmers at Neverdown Farm, near Weare Giffard, weighed in at 20lbs when it was born — the same weight as that of an average toddler. 
It was born at 6am on Tuesday, March 26 and is now called Lambo.

VIDEO: Lambo with his mum

John Grigg, 51, who has been farming at Neverdown for 26 years said he has never seen a lamb like it. 

He admitted it was lucky he was on lambing duty when the lamb was being born because without him there to pull the lamb out he doesn't think it or the mother would have survived. 
He said: "If one of girls was down here I don't think they could have done it. 
"It takes quite a lot of force and you have to be quick to make sure you don't block the lamb's lungs. 
"I knew as soon as I could feel its feet it was a big one
"I have never weighed a lamb here before but my daughter Maria said we ought to as it was so big. 
"It looked at least a week old, I have called it 'monster'."
The Suffolk mule cross ewe, which gave birth to the giant lamb, is three years old and has only given birth once before. 
John said he has been very impressed with how she has coped. 
He added: "She is doing great and she has plenty of milk so there shouldn't be a problem."
Only 90 per cent of ewes need help while they are in labour and when they are assisted they get injected with penicillin to prevent infection. 

The farm has 700 sheep and goes through the lambing season for a month each year.
They have now only got about 100 ewes left to lamb this year. 
The giant lamb, which is a ram, is now set to stay on the farm for at least 12 months but John's wife Sue, 47, is keen to keep it for longer. 
She said: "It would be nice to keep the lamb for longer as it is so special and also it already seems to be a bit of a character."
After a lamb is born at the farm they then spend a day in a pen with their mother before being let out into the field, although the giant lamb has been looking a little more unsteady than some of the others on his gangly legs and big feet. 
John said the cold and wet weather this year has meant that the sheep have had to be fed a lot more because there just isn't enough grass but he is pleased hasn't lost any of his stock yet.

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