Woollie warmer keeps lambs alive

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EWE will not believe the latest life-saving lamb carrier.

A South Yorkshire farmer’s wife has made a novel invention to keep newborn lambs cosy during icy blizzards and plunging temperatures.

Sally Howe, aged 42, invented the Woollie Warmer – an insulated box filled with warm water – to revive hypothermic lambs struggling to survive during the harsh winter.

The plastic container, which is fitted with a rubber sling designed to suspend the lamb in warm water, insulates newborn lambs and protects them from the cold.

Sally, a farmer in Penistone, said: “Being a farmer’s wife, the job of reviving lambs born in freezing conditions was my job.

“It was very upsetting seeing newborn lambs dying of hypothermia immediately after being born and so I decided something had to be done.

“I originally used to put the hypothermic lambs in a bucket of warm water, but I’d have to hold them there to stop them from drowning.

“There was also the problem of the water turning cold quickly.

“One day I just thought to myself there must be a better way than this.

“The lambs absolutely love it. We give them milk before we put them in the container and so they often have a little nap while they are lying in the warm water.

“It think it’s so cosy for them and they just couldn’t be happier.

“They only have to be submerged for about 30 minutes until they are back to full health and it’s lovely to be able to save so many lambs from dying unecessarily in the cold.”

Mum-of-two Sally, with the support of her husband Andrew, 49, designed the equipment herself and has been selling them for six years.

The former nurse has sold more than 300 containers, costing £102 pounds each – and says business keeps on booming.

Supplies have recently expanded into Sweden.

She said: “I originally appeared on Dragon’s Den with my idea but they wouldn’t invest.

“I think they knew this is not the sort of thing that will sell to your average member of the public.

“I didn’t let that get me down and funded it myself. At first, business was slow ,but each year has been better and better.

“I’ve sold more this winter than I have before. I think the freezing conditions have increased demand for them and interest has spread through word of mouth,

“We’ve had a lot of great feedback from farmers who have said they have saved countless lambs from dying in the cold weather.

“I really think every farmer should have one.”