Dairy triplets born

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Three’s def­i­nitely not a crowd . . . The triplets were thriv­ing called last week.

Mooroopna farmer and live­stock agent Craig Cox had just de­liv­ered twins from a Hol­stein heifer, when he thought she was be­hav­ing sus­pi­ciously like she had one more to give up.

Not­ing her con­tin­ued dis­com­fort he found to his sur­prise that Queensy had still to de­liver a third calf.

The two bulls and one heifer were born on Septem­ber 20; the first triplets Mr Cox has seen with his cat­tle.

The sire is a red Friesian mop-up bull.

Mr Cox and his two sons, Caleb, 12, and Den­zel, 10, have been tak­ing good care of Queensy, whose mother is an 87 point cow, and who has been through a big ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘It’s pretty mas­sive to lose about 200 kg in one hit, so we’ve been look­ing after her,’’ he said.

‘‘I’ve given her a rest from the calves, and we’ve been get­ting flu­ids into her.’’

In bovine mul­ti­ple births with mixed gen­ders, it is prob­a­ble the heifer will be an in­fer­tile freemartin.

Tiny trio . . . Den­zel, Caleb and Craig Cox with the triplets and their weary mother at Mooroopna.

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