Triplet heifers born at Country Dairy in New Era

Posted at 8:51 AM, Apr 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-20 08:58:35-04

NEW ERA, Mich. (AP/WXMI) — A set of triplet heifers is doing well after being delivered at a dairy farm in Oceana County.

Nick Mitteer, a herdsman at Country Dairy in New Era, tells The Muskegon Chronicle he was surprised Sunday when Kelsey, a 6-year-old cow, gave birth to the fraternal triplets. The newborns each weighed about 55 pounds.

Country Dairy says it’s rare that triple heifers survive the birthing process. Mitteer says: “Just like humans, when you have extras, it’s hard on them.”

Mitteer says the mother also is doing well at the Oceana County farm. It was her fourth time giving birth.

Country Dairy posted the birth announcement on their Facebook page.  They say that the chance of having triplet heifers survive the birthing process is one in 8 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.