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An Irish cottage industry making plastic overcoats for new-born lambs is a surprise hit with British farmers.
The smart, blue, plastic jackets are put on lambs just hours after their birth to keep them dry and warm and to confuse predatory foxes.

Volunteers in Baltinglass, County Wicklow, sold 25,000 of the jackets in the UK and Ireland during the winter.

Sales of the overcoats - designed by a village priest - will fund a school for children with learning difficulties.

Life jackets

Local farmer Seamus Leigh uses the new coats to ensure his lambs survive the most vulnerable period of their lives.

"The most critical stage in a lamb's life is its first four to five days," he said.

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