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First lambs of the year appear

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 06, 2014

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THE arrival of 2014 has heralded the arrival of some of the area’s first lambs of the year, with triplets born at a farm in Alkmonton.

The three pedigree Berrichon lambs arrived on Sunday at Boundary Farm in Alkmonton and are the first of an expected series of newcomers to the flock of 10 ewes, which are kept by joiner David Cantrill.

His new lambs, part of the small flock he keeps as a hobby, have been kept warm in a shed while heavy rain and strong winds batter their fields and will remain there until they are old enough to be turned out.

Mr Cantrill, who breeds early lambs so they are big and strong enough to be sold as tup lambs in the autumn, said he was expecting lambs from all his 10 ewes and the triplets that arrived at the weekend are the first new members of the flock.

Normally, lambing season for farmers gets underway in March to capitalise on longer days and warmer weather but some farmers choose to start lambing in January, including Mr Cantrill.

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