photo: Kayla Lamport
A five year old Charolais cow on a farm near Alida, SK beat the odds and gave birth to four healthy calves last Friday.
The chances of a cow having four healthy calves at the same time is one in 11.2 million.
The two bull and two heifer calves each weigh about 50 pounds.
Calvin Lamport and his son Layne provided some assistance during the birth, which proceeded relatively quickly.
“We got the cow in and noticed that twins were coming,” says Layne. “They were kind of tangled up and real small.”
After the first two calves were born, Calvin noticed a third calf coming and pulled that one out as well. The fourth calf was born about 30 minutes later without any additional assistance.
The mother and all four calves are doing fine.
“They are sucking on that cow and we also got a nurse Holstein cow from Balgonie. All four calves are sucking both cows and they are all looking real good,” Layne said.
The cow has a history of multiple births.
“For the last two years in a row, she had twins. We were kind of expecting her to have twins again this year, but we definitely weren’t expecting that she was going to have four.”
Alida is located in the southeast corner of Saskatchewan, about 20 kilometres north of Carnduff.