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Farm hails 'Christmas miracle' after birth of twin lambs

The twin lambs are being hailed a 'Christmas Miracle' Credit: White Post Farm

A farm in Nottinghamshire claims to be celebrating a 'virgin birth' this Christmas, after a ewe gave birth to surprise twins.

Staff at White Post Farm in Farnsfield say the ewe in question was not thought to have mated with a ram and had tested negative on pregnancy scans.

Rams used in breeding are fitted with a mechanism to dispense coloured dye onto any ewe they 'serve', or mate with. The ewe in question had no dye on her at all, leading the farm to believe that she couldn't be pregnant.

So when she gave birth to twin lambs, there was shock all round. The farm are hailing it a 'Christmas miracle'.

The pair, who are said to be unusually coloured, are yet to be named.

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Farmers encourage public to buy British food in 'Red Tractor Week'

Farmers and growers will be encouraging the public to buy high quality British food and drink Credit: PA

Farmers and growers will be encouraging the public to buy high quality British food and drink at events across the West Midlands as part of 'Red Tractor WeelK.

The National Farmers Union (NFU) and its members will be at stores, with their tractors, to talk to shoppers about the work that goes into producing food.

Farmers will encourage people to look for the Red Tractor logo on-pack when they are doing their shopping.

"Our farmers and growers provide some of the highest quality produce in the world and I would encourage everyone to look out for the Red Tractor logo when shopping, there are some great British products and ingredients just waiting to be discovered."

– NFU East Midlands regional director Richard Hezlet

ASDA, Tesco, Morrisons, Waitrose, Cooperative, Lidl and Aldi have all signed up to support Red Tractor Week and promotional campaigns will run in-store on pre-packed branded goods including meat and poultry, dairy, cereals and other fresh produce.

The Red Tractor logo on products confirms that independent assessors have checked that British food and drink meets comprehensive standards.

These look at issues like traceability, animal welfare, food safety and hygiene and environmental protection.

Farmers are also being encouraged to get involved through a high profile social media campaign #trustthetractor by telling consumers what they do and why supporting Red Tractor is so important.

For more information and to get involved visit http://www.redtractor.org.uk/get-involved

Survey: How much does a pint of milk really cost?

As protests by farmers over the price of milk continue, ITV News Central's Bob Warman has taken to the streets of Birmingham to see if you know how much a pint of milk costs.

Guesses varied wildly from 50p to £1.80 - and not many people we asked still buy milk in pints.

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Bob asks: Do you know how much a pint of milk costs?

As farmers continue to protest over milk prices, ITV News Central's Bob Warman has been out on the streets of Birmingham to see if you really know how much a pint of milk costs.

Do you have a better idea than the people he met?

Join us at 6pm on ITV to find out.

Police appeal over missing elderly women with dementia

88 year old Sheila Willis suffers from dementia Credit: West Midlands Police

Police are appealing for help in finding an 88-year-old woman with dementia.

Sheila Willis has been missing from the Coundon area of Coventry for more than two hours.

Members of the public are asked to call 101 if they see Sheila.

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