DETROIT LAKES TRIBUNE/Brian Basham at grandforksherald.com/news/agriculture/3830782-minnesota-cow-births-triplets-105
The odds, according to The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University, are 1 in 105,000. But a cow on a farm in Grand Forks, Minn,, beat the odds and gave birth to healthy, lively triplets, reports the Grand Forks Herald.
Greg Gilbertson and his son Brent, who keep more than 70 breeding cows and four bulls on their farm, were surprised and delighted at seeing triplets. However, don’t look for cutesy names at the Gilbertson farm: “We gave up on that a long time ago,” Gilbertson said with a laugh. So the triplets aren’t named Larry, Moe and Curley or Snap, Crackle, Pop. They are numbers Seven, Eight and Nine, in order of their birth. Their mother, an 8-year-old red Angus, is named Number 35.
“Luckily, she’s about the tamest cow we’ve got,” Greg Gilbertson said. The mild-mannered mom is taking good care of her new calves — two heifers and one bull. All are in good health, he said.
Some cows have trouble bonding with the second twin, which gets neglected, but Number 35 is a good mom to all three triplets. “She recognizes them all, she knows they’re all hers, and she takes care of them all,” he said.
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