Cow Gives Birth to Rare Triplets

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MOUNT STERLING, Utah (AP) -- A full-time job, about a dozen cattle and now triplets.

Lyle Bradfield, 63, is busy after a heifer gave birth to three calves. "I've never seen this before. I've heard of it, but it's rare," the part-time rancher said.

The babies, born Tuesday night in northern Utah, were resting on the shady side of their pen Thursday while mom stood watch. She occasionally walked over to lick their glossy coats.

"I have triplets myself but not in cattle," said Jason Schmidt, marketing director at the Utah Beef Council. "Typically it's just one. Occasionally there's twins. (Ranchers) usually don't even like twins because of complications."

The heifer can't produce enough milk for all three, so Bradfield feeds them with a bottle. "I think they'll be OK," he said. "I just have to get some feed in them."

------ Information from: The Herald Journal

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