Against the Odds: Triplet Calves Born

Calves are born almost every month at a farm near Danville, but earlier this week there was an extra special delivery.

Rare triplets were born at the farm in Montour County.  This unique birth has people saying, “Holy cow!”

According to an international dairy magazine it’s very unlikely for cows to have triplets, but the Wolfe family’s cow Mizzy had three female calves on Wednesday.  The odds are overwhelming.

Nine-year-old Raina Wolfe has seen countless calves born on her family’s farm near Danvill, but on Wednesday her cow Mizzy had an extra special delivery.

“My mom woke me up and we walked down to where they were milking.  We went to the mom’s stall and we saw three babies,” Raina said.

So how rare is it for a cow to have triplets? To put it in perspective, an international dairy magazine said the odds of three healthy female calves is one in 8 million.

Dan Wolfe said if a female is born with a male she is born sterile and will never produce milk so three healthy females are especially prized.

“I have never seen triplets in more than 50 years of farming. Any sex.  So I was completely shocked Wednesday morning,” said Wolfe.

He added the calves weigh just over 30 pounds each.  A little thin, but they are healthy. Raina named the babies after their mom, Mizzy.

“Lizzy, Tizzy and Bizzy,” she said. “One has a little white spot on her head, one has white on her leg and the other one is all brown.”

Wolfe said the babies come from a very good and lucky family line.  Mizzy, the mom, is a twin and was born on Friday the 13.

“I told Raina she’s going to start buying my lottery tickets because there isn’t anybody luckier,” Wolfe said.

Speaking of coming from a good family, the mother cow’s twin sister was the grand champion at the Washingtonville Fair last year.  The Wolfe family said they are excited to take the triplets to shows and hopes they will be prize-winning cows one day.



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