One of Ireland’s first sets of bovine triplets this year were born on a farm in Donegal.
Donegal farmer Trevor McCoach welcomed the arrival of triplet heifer calves, sired by a pedigree Charolais stockbull on Tuesday 2nd January.
It was only when Trevor intervened to ensure that the calving was progressing, that he realised his six-year-old Simmental cow was carrying triplets.
“The first one was coming with a foot and the head, the second one was coming normal and the last one was coming backways,” Trevor told Catherina of That’s Farming.
Minutes later, Trevor assisted the cow to deliver the three healthy Charolais-cross Simmental heifer calves.
“I had no idea that she was going to have triplets because when she was scanned she was too heavy in-calf,” Trevor added.
One week on and a foster cow has also been sourced to assist with the feeding of the triplet calves.
“The mother, aged six would manage to rear twins but not three calves. She wouldn’t have enough milk.” Trevor explained.
“The triplets are thriving well and haven’t looked back. They are going on every day. These will be her forth calves, so she is definitely earning her keep.” Trevor added.
Defying the odds of 1 in 100,000, Trevor has intentions to retain the triplets for breeding purposes, although he admits that is a long way down the road, just yet.