Against the odds, cow gives birth to triplets


Here’s something you don’t see everyday. Buff Lawrence, who claims not to be a rancher or cattleman, nearly doubled the size of his small herd on September 16. He did it not by rustling, not by buying cattle, but by breeding.

Triplets calves not often seen, but all are doing quite well.

Lawrence owns a Hereford cow that he had bred to an Angus bull. When the cow decided it was time, she dropped three of the little guys to the ground on the morning of the 16th. By the time Lawrence got there, the three were nursing and the cow accepted them all.

According to Lawrence, the odds of having three little ones is something over 1 in 100,000. That’s slim odds. Two of the calfs were male and one female. Two were black, like the bull, one was red like the cow. Only one was a solid color, one of the black ones, the other black calf and the red one had a white face, like the cow.

It has been a few years, but it is not the first triplets I’ve seen. Just a short time back, triplets, all male, were born on a ranch east of Eagle Point. The odds of having three at one birth is great, but even the possibility of twins is considered semi-rare.

So, Lawrence, with just four cows, nearly doubled his herd on one morning. That’s quite a feat, let’s see if he can do it again.


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