The National Trust’s Ram-cam set to Become Ewe-tube Sensation
SWINDON, England, October 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –
A unique 90 second video from the National Trust showing a ram’s eye
view as he ‘meets’ his new flock of ewes is set to become a ‘ewe-tube’ hit,
say online farmers.
The ram, named Peacland Paolo, is the latest arrival at the National
Trust’s My Farm [http://www.my-farm.org.uk ] experiment* at Wimpole Home
Farm in Cambridgeshire which is aiming to reconnect people with where their
food comes from.
Paolo, a Portland ram**, was fitted with a camera measuring 60mm by
42mm, weighing just 167 grams last week.
The film shows him exploring his new home, giving MyFarm farmers an
exclusive ram’s eye view of tupping (mating).
He is expected to tup around 30 ewes over the next 4-6 weeks. The ewes
will give birth to their lambs next spring***.
Wimpole Farm Manager Richard Morris said: “It will be fascinating to see
just what a day in the life of a ram is like.
“Although we have a good idea that most of his time will be spent
grazing, sleeping and mating, it will be interesting to see it all from his
point of view.
“We kept Paolo in a pen when he first arrived at the farm as part of his
quarantine and so that he could adjust to his new home. But, we’ve now
introduced him to the ewes and he’s outside enjoying the grass.
“It may seem a bit strange that we want to follow and even film Paolo as
he goes about his business, but farming is all about breeding, growing and
harvest – so it’s only right that we should come up with ram-cam
[http://www.my-farm.org.uk/ramcam ]. This is nature as it happens and we
hope it will be seen as something that reminds people what it takes to get
food on their plate. The pressure is now on Paolo to perform!”
Paolo is 18 months old and this is his first season of tupping. He is
expected to mate with 2-3 ewes a day with this figure increasing to 6-8 ewes
a day when he’s older.
The Wimpole farm team is keeping a close eye on Paolo to make sure the
camera in no way hinders his daily life, or becomes stressful for him in any
If at any time the camera is suspected of bothering him, the ram will be
caught and the camera removed.
There are nine other rams at Wimpole who have between them 260 ewes to
mate with over the next two months.
Subscribers to MyFarm will be able to watch the results of Paolo’s
efforts next spring in Wimpole’s very own ‘lambing live’ when 260-300 lambs
are expected to be born.
For more information and to sign-up to join the MyFarm experiment
[http://www.my-farm.org.uk/user/register ], visit http://www.my-farm.org.uk.
* The MyFarm experiment launched on 4 May 2011. Based at the National
Trust’s own working farm, Wimpole Home Farm in Cambridgeshire, Farm Manager
Richard Morris poses regular questions on major issues to subscribers to
debate and vote upon each month. Subjects include crops, livestock and wider
** Portland is a rare breed of sheep, originally from Dorset.
*** The standard gestation period for a ewe is approximately five
About the National Trust [http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main ]:
The National Trust cares for 300 inspiring historic houses and gardens
across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. From former workers’ cottages to
the most iconic stately homes, and from mines and mills to theatres and
inns, the stories of people and their heritage are at the heart of
everything it does. People of all ages, individuals, schools and communities
get involved each year with its projects, events and working holidays and
over 61,000 volunteers help to bring the properties alive for the Trust’s 4
million members. Find out more at ww.nationaltrust.org.uk.
PR Contact: Jeanette Heard Assistant Press Officer National Trust Heelis Kemble Drive Swindon SN2 2NA +44(0)1793-817706 http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk
SOURCE The National Trust