It's triple cream as Purbeck cow gives birth to three calves

Bournemouth Echo: Proud mum and her offspring Proud mum and her offspring

THIS rare set of triplets was a welcome surprise for one Dorset farmer.

Mike Trim delivered the calves, which are only a one-in-10,000 occurrence, at his farm in Church Knowle, Purbeck, earlier this month.

Most dairy farmers have only ever seen dead triplets, so the births were really against the odds.

Mike, of Barnston Farm, told the Daily Echo: “We quite regularly get twins but I’ve never seen triplets in my lifetime. I’ve spoken to my father, who has been farming all his life and he’s never heard of any either.

The 33-year-old farmer delivered the calves.

“We scanned our cows in the summer and we were told by the vet to expect twins, so we looked after them that little bit better, as you tend to do with twins.

“It was only when I was delivering them that I realised what was happening. The chap I was working with laughed when I had to go for another one.”

Two of the calves are female and one is male. Mike thinks only the girls may have come from the same egg.

“The cow may have conceived from two different bulls, which can happen,” said Mike.

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12:02pm Tue 29 Jan 13

TD61 says...

Well done old girl .... perhaps you and your family may get a reprieve from the slaughterhouse once your milk production days are over - an average of just 3 - 5 years?
Well done old girl .... perhaps you and your family may get a reprieve from the slaughterhouse once your milk production days are over - an average of just 3 - 5 years? TD61

7:11pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Dorsetfarming says...

Actually you will pleased to know that as we milk Simmentals (renowned for their longevity and health) they usually stay on farm for an average of 9-10 years- much longer than the average dairy farm!
Our oldest cow (one of our favourites!) is actually 13 years old!
We are going to name our triplet mother cow Aphrodite after the goddess of fertility- it seems appropriate!
Actually you will pleased to know that as we milk Simmentals (renowned for their longevity and health) they usually stay on farm for an average of 9-10 years- much longer than the average dairy farm! Our oldest cow (one of our favourites!) is actually 13 years old! We are going to name our triplet mother cow Aphrodite after the goddess of fertility- it seems appropriate! Dorsetfarming

4:16pm Thu 31 Jan 13

kusumkanwar says...

Hi Dorsetfarming, that's wonderful to know that you take good care of your cows! Do you know what will happen to the triplets? If you intend to send them away for meat, may I request you to please allow me to adopt them? If you send me a way to contact you, I would be happy to discuss. This story has brightened my day, thank you!
Hi Dorsetfarming, that's wonderful to know that you take good care of your cows! Do you know what will happen to the triplets? If you intend to send them away for meat, may I request you to please allow me to adopt them? If you send me a way to contact you, I would be happy to discuss. This story has brightened my day, thank you! kusumkanwar

5:35pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Dorsetfarming says...

Many Thanks for your comment kusumkanwar!- I'm glad this story made you smile, and hope it had the same effect on many others.
The Triplets are doing well (now named Rupert, Rosie and Ruby) and will all be staying on our farm like their mother.
Many Thanks for your offer though.
Many Thanks for your comment kusumkanwar!- I'm glad this story made you smile, and hope it had the same effect on many others. The Triplets are doing well (now named Rupert, Rosie and Ruby) and will all be staying on our farm like their mother. Many Thanks for your offer though. Dorsetfarming

12:03am Wed 6 Feb 13

paul.p says...

Holy Cow! She must've been huge!

Congrats to you both.
Holy Cow! She must've been huge! Congrats to you both. paul.p

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