BBC News Feature: Coniston Beatrix Potter farm welcomes ‘rare’ triplet lambs

Coniston Beatrix Potter farm welcomes ‘rare’ triplet lambs

We are pleased to be featured in this BBC news article for BBC Cumbria.

A Lake District farm has welcomed the birth of a “rare” set of triplet lambs for only the third time in 18 years.

The Herdwick lambs have been born at Yew Tree farm near Coniston, which was once owned by author Beatrix Potter.

Farmer Jo McGrath said it was unusual for Herdwicks, which are “still practically wild genetically”, to have more than one lamb at a time.

But last year’s good weather has meant a bumper crop of twins this spring, she said.

Multiple births would leave a wild sheep “vulnerable” and at risk from predators, she said, as well as meaning a ewe has more offspring to feed.

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