HIGH FIVE Cathal Murphy pictured with the new arrivals.
THEY say three is the magic number, but for Roundfort farmer Martin Shaughnessy the number was five, when a ewe on his farm gave birth to quintuplets.
Aided by his nephew Cathal Murphy, Martin delivered five Texel-Cross lambs last Saturday week, which has been described as being ‘extremely rare’. Unfortunately since the birth, one lamb died.
The much-anticipated delivery of four ram lambs and one ewe lamb happened at 4am on the farm.
“He [Cathal] was delighted, he wanted to see them being born.
Every one of them had a different position and everything happened at once,” said the farmer.
Described as a ‘busy enough’ start to the lambing season, it’s still very much all hands on deck at the farm, with 110 ewes lambing, averaging two lambs per ewe.