Ewe have to hand it to them – giving birth without a bleat

Steve's baby daughter made amazing progress this week, or so his wife thought

STEVE CANAVAN: It was a lot of rattle over just a little roll

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When you’re having that lazy Sunday morning lie-in or moaning about getting up at 7.30am for work, just be thankful you are not a farmer.

For shepherds all over the country this is their busiest time, on call 24/7 waiting for the spring lambs to be born.

As I was watching BBC2’s Lambing Live recently it reminded me of the phrase ‘one born every minute’, except there’s only a farmer and his partner to help bring hundreds of babies into the world.

There are other subtle differences too. The sheep mummies give birth without so much as a bleat and there’s no gas and air. And new-born lambs don’t scream their heads off either, while no mum is ever too posh to push

Give me an animal birth any day.