Last week we welcomed a quartet of orphan lambs to our flock. The new additions are triplets from Seabrook Farms in Suffolk, whose flock graze on the National Trust run estate of Ickworth.

Ickworth

The National Trust’s Ickworth Park. Photo by Andrew Butler.

Unlike the rest of our flock which are composed of native and rare breeds, the new lambs are commercial mixed breeds (mules), sired by Texel rams with either Suffolk crossed ewes or North Country Mules as their mothers. The Texel breed originates from the island of Texel in the Netherlands and these sheep are well muscled, producing lean lambs. North of England Mules are crosses between traditional ‘mules’ (the result of breeding lowland rams and upland or hill ewes) and Swaledale ewes.

Breeds of Sheep

Our lambs can trace their ancestry to the Swaledale, Texel and Suffolk breeds. Photos by David Illiff, Evelyn Simak and J Gareth P.

The four lambs we have taken on are one girl (the largest white lamb) and three boys and all are triplets. When a ewe gives birth to three or more lambs, she is typically unable to supply enough milk to raise all three on her own. Farmers may be able to adopt the extra lamb onto a ewe who has had a single lamb or lost a lamb, or in this case, choose to rear the lambs by bottlefeeding. We are helping to raise the foursome for the next few months and it will be incredible to watch them grow from little lambs to proper sheep! More photos on the next page!


About Mudchute

Mudchute Park & Farm. One of the largest city farms in London with 32 acres of countryside in the middle of the Isle of Dogs.

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