Chuck Martin/News This ewe at Bill Moody’s farm gave birth to quadruplets recently. Quads are very unusual in big meat breeds.

Chuck Martin/News
This ewe at Bill Moody’s farm gave birth to quadruplets recently. Quads are very unusual in big meat breeds.
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FREDERICKTOWN — When Bill Moody went out to the barn on Feb. 3 to check on ewes that were ready to lamb, he found one that had already given birth to twins and was acting like she was going to have another. The twins were doing well and triplets aren’t all that unusual, so he went back inside.

When he came back out, he was surprised to find not three, but four healthy lambs in the stall. Quadruplets are unusual and can be a problem.

For one thing, a ewe can feed only two youngs at a time. Moody said he has seen ewes with triplets seemingly put her lambs on a schedule, feeding two and then the third. He doesn’t know if the ewe with quads has “scheduled” them or not, but they are growing and active.

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