A New Year's Eve Surprise!

Farming is always about the risks you take every day. When our vet diagnosed our cow, Jersey, with triplets, she did not advise to continue the pregnancy. It usually doesn't end well, she said. But Farmer Don decided it was worth the risk. Jersey completed her lactation and was dried off from milking to await the arrival of her babies. She was due Jan. 14, 2016 but started in labor Dec. 31, 2015. With all his years of experience, Farmer Don knew he would have to assist with the birth. One....two....three! They came into the world one right after the other. She was bred with a red angus bull so they looked a lot like their "daddy". We figured the crossbred vigor of the angus breeding would be in their favor to keep them alive. Unfortunately, the vet was right about their momma - she stopped eating after day 2 and the decision was made to ship her for slaughter because of her age (she was 8 years old).

So these past 3 weeks we have kept them in the dairy barn and bottle fed them morning and night. It has been frigid cold the past 2 weeks so it was important to not let them be exposed to any setbacks. Their names - Jane, Jezabel, and Jethro - have thrived and are now ready to be moved to the outside calf barn. We let them play together in this little video to share with you.