HARTLAND – On a farm about 40 minutes northwest of Green Bay, a cow named Princess just beat the odds.
The cow gave birth to not one, not two, but three calves Friday morning.
“I jumped out of bed and screamed, ‘Princess had triplets’ and the house pretty much emptied out after that. We all rushed outside so it was kind of exciting,” said Jamie Mastey.
Princess gave birth to two heifers and a bull. For those of us who didn’t grow up on a farm, that means two females and a male.
Jamie and Dominic Mastey have been living on their farm for the past 20 years and they say they’ve never had a cow give birth to triplets.
“I was surprised they were all as big as they were. Being triplets, and they’re all in mama’s belly, there’s not a whole lot of room in there,” Mastey said.
Mastey says the calves weigh around 60 pounds.
“Usually a single birth you’re looking at 95/100 pounds,” Mastey said.
Mastey says mom and all three calves are doing just fine.
The odds of a cow having triplets are 1 in 105,000. Let’s put that into perspective. The odds of finding a four-leaf clover on the very first try are 1 in 10,000, the odds of becoming a professional athlete 1 in 22,000, and the odds of winning Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot is 1 in 259 million.
Back at the farm, the three calves are still learning how to put one hoof in front of the other.
Dominic Mastey says what’s rarer is having all three calves born healthy and he’s making sure they stay that way.
“We do have a protocol with some vaccines we give them to keep the bugs away but otherwise they’ll get milk replacer and calf feed and hopefully up and running,” said Dominic Mastey.
The Mastey’s haven’t named the calves yet but the family says all three names will start with the letter “P”.
Multiple births seem to be common on the Mastey family farm.
Within this year the farm has had three sets of twin cows and Princess, the cow that gave birth to triplets, is a twin.