It’s Twins!

Greetings from Minnesota!

Here’s an uncharacteristically quick update …

Sugar the cow is a mom again, and it’s twins! One bull and one heifer, born with no complications. I thought she was looking extra big and swollen, but I figured  maybe it was because she’s so low to the ground (she’s shorter than most of our cows)… 🙂 It seems we’re heading into another busy calving stretch, with 3 new calves yesterday, plus these twins, and several more due soon.

No pictures yet, but I’ll work on that tonight. Here’s one of 1876 “Sugar” herself.

I also had a stellar 5 mile run this morning. Definitely a great start to the day. Be back later; adios!

About Lisa

Hi, I'm Lisa. Dairy farmer's wife and Minnesotan to the core, I write about rural farm life, running down country roads, and the food, faith, and family that bind everything together. Follow along on my journey.
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8 Responses to It’s Twins!

  1. Brit says:

    Cool!

    Is to common for cows to have twins?

    • Lisa says:

      I would say twins seem to be about as common for cows as they are for humans. Not the norm, but it happens from time to time. I don’t know the exact stats, but I’ll share them if I find some! (Twins aren’t exactly ideal as it’s harder on the cow and the calves are generally smaller / don’t do as well, but it sounds like so far so good with these.)

  2. bearrunner says:

    Wowsers, so the cow had her baby??? Congrats !

    cheers

  3. Carolyn H. says:

    Very cool. Question: Do cows only have one baby at a time?

    • Lisa says:

      Yes, when a cow is delivering twins (or even triplets very rarely) the calves will still come out 1 at a time. If everything is normal, they come out front hooves first, then quickly followed by their head (nose first).

      • Carolyn H. says:

        What I really meant was, normally does a cow only carry, then deliver, one calf? (Am I using this terminology correctly?)

      • Lisa says:

        Sorry for the confusion! And yes, you’re right that normally a cow only carries and delivers one calf. Twins seems to me to be about as common for cows to have as they are for people to have. They can happen – but they’re not the usual.

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