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While exact figures on the probability of a cow having triplets were difficult to find, it was an unusual occurrence and North American sources suggested the odds of a triplet calving in beef cattle are about one in 105,000 with dairy triplets still unusual, but more likely.
The cow had been pregnancy scanned as having twins and, in typical laid-back farmer fashion, Mr Hope was unfazed by the extra arrival.
"I wouldn’t call it a special cow, it’s just another cow. She just pulled something out of the hat."
As expected, the calves were not big but they were all doing well, he said.