One little tup lamb has become an unexpected star attraction at Home Farm, Tatton Park. Staff were overjoyed to oversee the birth of him and his sister on Thursday April 10th year as they had never seen a lamb marked quite like him!
Strikingly white with a black patch covering his left eye, just like a pirate, staff aptly christened him Captain Jack Sparrow after the character made famous by Johnny Depp in The Pirates of the Caribbean films. He has since created a real stir amongst visitors during the farm’s recent ‘Lambing Fortnight’ and Easter celebrations. Children in particular are delighted when they see him and many have commented that he looks just like a pirate!
Staff have put his beautiful markings down to an unusual mix of genetics from different breeds of sheep over generations. His Mum is a Hebridean (a small black horned sheep from the Outer Hebrides) crossed with a Zwartble (a Dutch milking breed marked just like a Berkshire pig!), whilst his Dad is a commercial breed, a Beltex.
Lisa Kennedy, farm assistant, added “Captain Jack is certainly proving to be a big character around the farm. He is definitely the ringleader out in the fields and is always the first one to create a big competition between his fellow lambs as to who can skip and jump the highest! “
The farm currently has a flock of forty ewes consisting of different breeds and are working hard to establish a small flock of Leicester Longwool sheep which are an endangered breed.
The farm achieved Rare Breed Survival Trust accredited conservation centre status in 2007 and have worked hard on conserving Shires and Clydesdales, a variety of rare breed pigs, Red Poll cattle and an assortment of rare breed poultry.
Seeing a new born lamb being fed is just one of over 101 things to do at Tatton Park a brand new campaign which launches later this month featuring 101 of the best possible experiences to be enjoyed at Tatton this year. These range from feeding Tatton’s deer their daily breakfast to singing happy birthday with a rare breed pig: watching the Vikings invade Tatton’s Old Hall to escaping in to a New Zealand rain forest. www.101tatton.org.uk
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