Cow, 10, gives birth to five healthy calves

A FARMER got the shock of his life when his 10-year-old suckler cow gave birth to FIVE healthy calves.

Don Constable, who has run his herd in Shropshire for about 20 years, said his cows had given birth to twins before, but this was a real rarity.  

“I was convinced that it would be twins in this case as mum was so big,” he said.

“The first three were born and it was then the vet turned to me and said you’re not going to believe this, but there are still two more to come! It was unbelievable, a really amazing and magical moment.”

Mr Constable said his daughter quickly searched the internet to see if the birth was a world first, but found a cow in Mexico had also successfully carried five calves.

Howard Brown, ruminant sales specialist from rural supplier Countrywide, with who Don is a store account holder, added: “Don called the team at his local store in Market Drayton to tell us the good news. I have spoken to many of my colleagues during the last week and we have never seen anything like this. Some of us have seen three born with low survival rates, but never five.”

The cow is a Belgian Blue cross, AI’d with a Limousin straw.

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  • we tend to get alot of twins in our dairy herd , but how brilliant is this , and all survived i bet it puts a smile on the farmers face every time he feeds them , nice to read a happy story about farming for a change but i bet its all hands on deck lol

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