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Post by herofan » Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:03 pm

I had a cow have twins recently. She had never had twins before. The unusual thing is that I didn’t see one of them for three days. I came in one day and there’s a new calf with mom. It looked a little smaller than usual, but it looked healthy. I saw it with mom for three days. Then, I go check on the cows one morning and there is two. The cow seems to accept both, and both appear equally healthy. Both have been hanging with mom ever since. Is it common for one to hide out a few days while the other hangs with the cow?

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Re: Twins

Post by True Grit Farms » Wed Aug 22, 2018 10:37 pm

Hiding a twin calf is fairly common here, and the cow always claims the smaller calf.
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Re: Twins

Post by Nesikep » Wed Aug 22, 2018 10:45 pm

I've always had them claim the FIRST calf.. the second one is the one that's going to be a challenge to get accepted if there's going to be a problem
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Re: Twins

Post by lithuanian farmer » Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:08 am

Had a similar situation. Tagged a newborn, left a cow to be. After a couple days see that the cow is with an untagged calf... Tagged that one too. Later both started walking with their mom. Usually there is one calf at first, which walks with mom more, while the second one stays hiding after the meal. At least from my experience.

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Re: Twins

Post by herofan » Thu Aug 23, 2018 7:34 pm

Interesting. I had never had a cow to have twins, so I don’t know.

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Re: Twins

Post by 76 Bar » Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:48 am

I had never had a cow to have twins

Don't know your environment but its possible you've had twins previously but not aware it happened. The scenarios posted are typical including never finding the mate to the twin. Some cows readily accept both, others aren't so inclined and especially if there's a delay between the respective births. I always suspect twins when a calf is decidedly below herd/cow norm for birthweight e.g. notably dinky. She's a good girl to willingly take both! Last but not least, very few cows are able to raise two relatively decent calves without additional supplementation/TLC.

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