Possibly the largest lamb in England has been born in a village near Sleaford.
Hagrid, as he has now been named - after the giant from the Harry Potter books - was born at Gelston on Tuesday evening with the help of farmer Chris Elkington.
The Suffolk Cross boy lamb weighs in at 11.375kg (roughly 25lb), whereas an average lamb normally weighs less than half that.
Chris, 31, who set up Gelston Lamb with wife Louise on land rented from her father five years ago, said: “He is doing well. He is up on his feet and suckling and doing good, as is his mum.”
He said it was a bit of a shock for mum who needed a bit of assistance to give birth. He said: “It presented all correctly with two feet and his head and I just needed to help him out.
“She had been a rather big ewe all year and when I got her in the shed I said to my wife we were going to have a massive lamb - but not quite that big.”
Having done some research, Hagrid is believed to be the heaviest born lamb of in England, as there was one born a few years ago in the Scottish borders weighing 28lb.
Chris said: “I don’t normally want them that big, but it should be fine. We have named him now so we don’t know what we will do with him - we might use him as a ‘teaser’.”
Chris has always been involved in farming but then decided to start Gelston Lamb with a little flock of their own which they have expanded to now have around 130 breeding ewes, mostly North Country Mules.
they sell most of their lamb in boxes via Facebook, on farmers markets including Sleaford and on a stand at Belton Garden Centre.
I said to my wife we were going to have a massive lamb - but not quite that big.Chris Elkington of Gelston Lamb
“I sold nearly all of them last year that,” he said.