Julian Creighton rests in Ipswich Hospital after an unfortunate incident with Geremy the ram (left).
Julian Creighton rests in Ipswich Hospital after an unfortunate incident with Geremy the ram (left). Claudia Baxter

Violence of the rams

BOONAH'S celebrity farmer 'Lord Julian' is recovering in Ipswich Hospital after losing a bout with a feisty ram on his property.

Julian Creighton has become well known in recent years thanks to his regular talkback calls to ABC 612 and a growing Twitter following. And the 46-year-old will have plenty of time to tweet in coming months after coming off second best in a disagreement with his breeding ram, Geremy.

"Geremy has always had a bit of attitude, running up to me and trying it on," Mr Creighton said.

"I've always been able to shoo him away, but then last Friday he just wouldn't be in it."

He said the ram charged at him numerous times, forcing him to defend himself by kicking the animal away.

Unfortunately, the kick only served to fire up the Merino-cross ram, causing him to charge the farmer yet again.

"As I connected with him the second time there was a god-almighty snap," Mr Creighton said.

The "snap" was the sound of Mr Creighton's right tibia and fibula breaking, but the dangerous situation meant there was no time to feel the pain.

After crawling on hands and knees to the nearest gate, Geremy spotted his chance to claim victory once and for all and charged a third time, this time shaking his head to inflict maximum damage with his horns.

Mr Creighton, who had pulled himself to his feet on a gate, had little time to react, kicking the ram for a final time with his now broken leg.

"I knew my leg was broken but if he got hold of me with those horns I'd be in more trouble than a broken leg," he said.

The final kick gave Mr Creighton enough time to clamber from the enclosure and call 000.

Minutes later an ambulance arrived and Mr Creighton received one more unexpected surprise.

"Lo and behold, one of the ambulance drivers, who lives in Boonah, actually sold me the ram," he said. "I was saying, 'Damn you, you sold me this ram."

Mr Creighton's celebrity status has already resulted in get well messages from Premier Anna Bligh and a visit from Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale.



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