Jim and Andrew Jensen of Homestead Farms in Minden are no strangers to multiple births among their herd with more than ten sets of twins in a recent twelve day period this year alone. What they never anticipated was the triplets that were born to one of their heifers on February 27.
Homestead Farms is a family operation established in 1878. Currently operated by father and son duo Jim and Andrew, the farm grows corn, soybeans, and alfalfa and has a herd of about 300 in its cow-calf operation. During Jim’s years working the farm, he has seen several sets of twins, the most in one year being 22, but never has he seen a set of triplets until now.
“Dad said he’s calved around 20,000 head and he’s never had a set of triplets. The odds are something like one in 105,000 and I don’t know the chance for all of them to survive because it’s pretty rare,” Andrew said.
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