Brown Swiss Cow Has Triplet Heifers

6/21/2014 7:00 AM
By Philip Gruber Staff Writer

For the second time in two months, a Mid-Atlantic cow has given birth to healthy triplet heifers.

Wind Mill Jenner Mynce, a 6-year-old Brown Swiss cow, calved June 2 at Wind Mill Farm in Pine Grove, Pa.

Coincidentally, the rare phenomenon occurred during National Dairy Month, while a Simmental heifer in New Jersey had healthy triplet heifers in May, which is National Beef Month.

The chance of a cow having live triplet heifers is 1 in 8 million, according to Holstein World.

Mynce has had triplets before, but this is the first time the calves were all healthy heifers, according to a press release from the farm.

Farm co-owner Dennis Daubert and calf specialist Andrew Daubert discovered “too many legs” when Mynce’s water broke, according to the release. Two of the calves had to be delivered backward.

Mynce and her calves, named Meanie, Miney and Moe, are all doing well and receiving close attention, the release said.

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