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Pa. farm has bovine trifecta

Three calves born against 50,000 to 1 odds

Three calves born against 50,000 to 1 odds

February 08, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Lester Strite has been farming for decades, but something happened this week on his Waynecastle, Pa., farm that he had only heard of before.

"I've been around dairy cattle for almost 40 years and I've never seen triplets. Heard about it," Strite said Friday. "Plenty of times, we've had twins,"

Among humans, triplets occur about once in every 7,000 births. It happens far less often in cattle, Strite said, with Franklin County Extension Agent Phil Wagner telling him the odds are about one in 50,000.

From calves to cows, Strite said his farm has about 220 head of registered Holsteins.

Long Stay Lineage Lolita is the full registered name of the proud mother of the two females and one male, Strite said. If the females are like their mother, they have a productive future ahead of them.

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"I looked it up, and her dam and her grandam all averaged about seven to 10 gallons of milk a day," Strite said. That is about 70 to 95 pounds of milk per day.

A calf normally weighs 85 to 95 pounds, Strite said. The triplets are smaller, with two weighing in at about 50 pounds each and the larger of the three tipping the scale at about 65 pounds, he said.

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