Bethalto, Illinois – Human multiple births have been getting a lot of media attention lately, but in Bethalto, it’s the trio of Black Angus heifers that are hogging all the attention. The calves were born February 25 to Tom Holbert, who says the triplet birth came as a complete surprise to him and his grandmother, who was first to discover the multiple birth. The calves and their mother are now benefitting from a 1,000-pound donation of Calf-Manna by the product’s manufacturer, Chesterfield, MO-based Manna Pro Products, LLC, and Farm & Home Supply Co, whose newest store opens in Alton, Illinois, this month.
Calf-Manna is the premier nutritional supplement for cattle in the US, offering a wide variety of benefits to beef and dairy cattle in all stages of life. According to Dr. Rob McCoy, Manna Pro’s Vice President of Nutrition, Calf-Manna has significant benefits for lactating cows and their calves. “We’ve encouraged the Holberts to give Calf-Manna to the entire herd, but especially any mothers and calves who need supplemental nutrition,” he said. “Cows are fed one pound per day to supplement their intake of important nutrients and support milk production, and calves receive a half-pound per day to encourage consumption of dry feed and help with digestive tract development early in life. Calf-Manna provides additional nutrients necessary for the growth of calves while taking some of the nutrient demand off the cow.
Tom Holbert says the calves were slightly less than average in birth weight. Two were between 30 to 40 pounds when born, and one was between 50 to 60 pounds. All three are doing well and gaining weight, and Holbert has been supplementing the milk they get from their mother with some bottle-feedings. He is also hoping that another mother cow that lost her calf at birth last week will be able to help feed the hungry triplets. He planned to start augmenting the cow’s and calves’ diets with Calf-Manna right away.
The calves are all heifers (females). While triplet births for humans are not particularly rare (about 1 in 8,100 births), triplet cows are extremely rare: Only 1 in 105,000 bovine births result in triplets, and for same-sex triplets, the odds jump to 1 in 700,000.
Manna Pro Products LLC (www.mannapro.com) is located in Chesterfield, Mo., and is well-known throughout the industry for Calf-Manna and other animal nutrition products. Calf-Manna is a trusted brand with over 75 years of proven performance. Calf-Manna is a proven concentrated supplement for several species of animals that, when added to ordinary daily rations, makes a big difference in overall performance. Calf-Manna is fed to everything from growing and performance horses, to cattle, rabbits, goats, poultry and swine. Besides being an excellent source of protein and energy, Calf-Manna's palatability has made it the preferred product by successful breeders, trainers, and producers for keeping their animals on feed-a major concern during times of stress.