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Calves Born Three Months Apart From Each Other

Twin cows?

Not exactly, but a couple of cattle raisers in Michigan says their cow gave birth to a calf -- only to deliver another one just three months later.

A typical day on the van haitsma farm where larry and his wife sally have raised hereford cattle on their property for 27 years.

It's just a hobby and we enjoy doing it.

Each year, the van haitsma's cows give birth to twenty calves occasionally, there are exceptions..

Once in awhile you get twins.

This year had been a standard year, until larry noticed something very out of the ordinary..

A week ago Sunday, I says to the wife, if I was a wagering man I think that cows going to have a calf and I know it ain't, because it's already had a calf..

Then, a few days later an unexpected discovery on the acreage behind their farm.

I hauled a load of manure out back and there was another calf lying in the field.

I couldn't believe it, I asked Larry right away, how could that be.. That can't be, are you sure?

I was, shocked.. And I counted to make sure we had all the calves that we were supposed to have and I was just, I couldn't believe there was another calf out there.

The same cow had given birth to a second calf, in just a three month time frame.

Flabbergasted van haitsma contacted his vet.

When I called the South Kent veterinary clinic, they had to go to the computer and look it up, cause they'd never heard of it.

Usually, ovulation is suspended during pregnancy.

In a rare phenomenon, if an egg is released after the female cow is already pregnant, a secondary pregnancy can occur.

Since their birthdays, both calves are growing fast.

He's doing well, he's frisky, he flies around, yeah, he's doing great.

The other day I was out back and the cow was nursing on his mother, and he was just wagging his tale like he was just happy as a lark.

The Van Haitsmas say both calves are in excellent health.


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