Miracle triplets born in Ropeley
YOU are more likely to be struck by lightning than to witness a cow giving birth to triplets.
That is exactly what happened at Ropeley, a rare occurrence that only one in 105,000 cows have.
Overjoyed owner of “Maryanne” a cow that has had twins previously, Joe Carbone, discovered the cow had given birth to three calves after a trip back from Brisbane.
The two heifers and a bull calf were born in late February and all three have miraculously survived.
What is even more of a triumph is Maryanne did not need any assistance after artificial insemination from the bull. Joe's daughter Filomena said her dad first saw the cows at the back of the paddock.
He first spotted one calf with the mother, was delighted to see a second calf close by and then, he was taken aback after finding a third.
Maryanne made her journey to the farm at Ropeley on the front of Mr Carbone's neighbour, Colin Schulz' quad bike after the calf's mother died and Mr Schulz was not able to raise her.
Mr Schulz said the calf Maryanne was almost dead and too weak to walk and he gave her to his neighbours Joe and Carmela, who lovingly bottle-fed the calf as they were both very passionate about their cows.
He said if the calf lived they could keep her, and it did.
That cow went on to be the best breeder they had seen, producing at least 12 calves over a decade.