Holy Cows! Rare triplets born in Plympton-Wyoming
Andrew Deelstra has helped deliver a fair number of calves on his family’s Plympton-Wyoming farm; just not this many all at once.
He was still amazed a day after helping one of the family’s 200 head of cattle deliver rare triplets.
Deelstra was working in the barns at Excelsior Farms Sunday when Jamaica started having its calf. When the first calf was born, Deelstra noticed the Guernsey was still pushing. He helped deliver another. He left Jamaica to tend to the twins only to return to find another calf on the way. He helped deliver that one, too.
Deelstra says they had been watching Jamaica knowing she was about to deliver but they weren’t aware she was expecting twins let alone triplets. “Usually we know if they’re going to have twins, but we didn’t even know it was going to have twins,” he says. Jamaica had an ultra sound but Deelstra says “sometimes, the heartbeat is hidden behind the others.”
Deelstra says triple births are extremely rare. His father, John, 57, who has worked on a dairy farm his entire life has never seen one. Research shows that only one of 100,000 births is triplets. It’s even more unusual for all the calves to live – about one in 400,000.
Deelstra says aside from being a little small, the triplets seem to be doing well, although they do get cold easier than most calves. He says the calves will be hand fed, like the other calves although they’re letting the mother stay with the triplets a little longer than normal because of the unusual situation.
The Deelstras have already named the two heifers, Jaguar and Jetta – after the cars. The bulls on the farm are not named.