1996 - Volume #20, Issue #4, Page #28[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Beef Cow Delivers Ninth Set Of Twins
"I don't have a scrapbook of Bessie's offspring because I never expected her streak of twins to continue. Each year I thought, she's never going to have another set, and then sure enough she did. If we'd had any idea of what was to follow, we'd have taken movies. I can't submit her to the Guinness Book of Records because I never got a certificate of evidence of the births."
About one of every 200 beef cow births is twins, according to animal scientists. Once a cow has twins there's a pretty good chance she will have more.
The father of the first eight sets of twins was a 3/4 Simmental, 1/4 Angus cross. The father of the ninth set was a Beefmaster and Angus cross.
Bredewater raised 14-year-old Bessie from a calf. "I plan to keep her for at least two or three more years. Mothers of twin calves often can't produce enough milk. But that hasn't been a problem for Bessie."
Twins seem to be a tradition in the Bredewater family. Arnold is an identical twin, and his sons married twins.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Arnold Bredewater, 2 Royal Crest, New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (ph 210 606-1408).
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