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Triplets Becky, Jane and James bring joy to Manor farmer

Edward Toye, Carricknamart, Manor with his triplet calves Becky, Jane and James.

Edward Toye, Carricknamart, Manor with his triplet calves Becky, Jane and James.

BY SEÁN P. FEENY
A DONEGAL farmer recently had a welcome and rare addition to his herd in Manorcunningham. Edward Toye (75) got a huge surprise when one of his cows, an 11-year-old Charolais cross, gave birth to triplets.

It is very rare for a cow to have triplets, in fact, it is so rare that there is only a one in 700,000 chance. The father of the triplets is a Simmental bull.

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Needless to say, the five-week-old triplets, Becky, Jane and James have brought a lot of joy to the cattle farm and Edward’s extended family.

Edward, who farms with a lot of family support, has a long distinguished career as a cattle farmer and used to keep a large pedigree herd, but he has never had triplets on the farm in his time and he is delighted the cow is feeding the triplets herself.

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