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3x the fun: Hansen’s Dairy cow gives birth to triplet heifers


One of our Holstein cows, aptly named Legend, gave birth to triplet heifers on May 17. (Photo courtesy Ellen Kaminsky)

Hansen’s Dairy farm made history on Friday, May 17, 2019. You might even call the event “Legendairy.”

A cow on our farm gave birth to TRIPLETS! They are all alive, and they are all heifers. Experts say the odds of a cow having surviving triplets are about 1 in 400,000 births. Add in the fact that they are all girls — which is what we dairy farmers want, since only females give milk — and the odds go up exponentially.


The triplet heifers at Hansen’s Dairy farm are all thriving.

A cow’s gestational period is 40 weeks, just like humans. In the last 20 years, we have only had two other cows pregnant with triplets, and neither set was carried for longer than five months before miscarriage.

The cow who gave birth to these lucky girls is named Legend. And now, she certainly lives up to her name.

When Legend went into labor, herd manager Blake Hansen was only expecting twins, not triplets. (Photo courtesy Ellen Kaminsky)

Herd manager Blake Hansen knew that Legend was going to have twins. She happened to deliver right at the time when a tour group was visiting the farm, so two of the tourists got a true “hands-on” experience and helped deliver the first two calves!

Blake was surprised when Legend delivered these two big, beautiful heifer calves, but still looked pretty round. That’s when he realized there was a third one on the way.

Legend gives Blake a lick of appreciation for his assistance with the triplet babies. (Photo courtesy Ellen Kaminsky)
(Photo courtesy Ellen Kaminsky)

The calves weighed in at 85, 85 and 80 pounds. That’s 250 pounds of baby that Legend carried for 39 weeks — just one week shy of full term! They all came out facing the proper direction, which is even more amazing. And Legend is doing well, successfully passing all the afterbirth naturally.

These triplets will have a unique bond growing up together at Hansen’s Dairy.

The sire of these triplets, or father, is also unique. His name is Glory-Road M Apple Crisp-ET, and he is the first bull that Blake Hansen has bred that was sent to stud, or a semen company. Having a bull that is desired by semen companies so that other dairy farmers may purchase his semen is a rare accomplishment, especially from a small farm like ours.

Legend herself is the daughter of a twin, who was named Lois. Legend is 5 years old, turning 6 in July, so she has given birth to four calves in her lifetime. She’s already produced over 100,000 pounds of milk in four lactations. For those in the dairy industry, she classified at 5-00 EX-90 VEEVE.

Mom looks a little overwhelmed, don’t you think?!

Now, these babies need names. We always use the same initial as the mother to name the calves, and we try to give each calf a name that has never been used on our farm before. This is a challenge, because we have dozens of L cows already!

Luke and Leia are a current set of twins on the Hansen’s Dairy farm. The farm has had lots of twins, but never surviving triplets.

Other “L” sets of twins we’ve named include:

  • Longitude and Latitude
  • Luke and Leia
  • Lois and Lane
  • LaLa and Loopsy
  • Lego and Land

So, we need your help. Give us your best triplet names — remember, all beginning with L! Having a theme to the three names is even better!

What an accomplishment for this “Legendairy” cow!


46 thoughts on “3x the fun: Hansen’s Dairy cow gives birth to triplet heifers”

  1. So exciting! We had Holseins also and I’ve helped pull many, many calves. It was a thrill to get twin heifers for us. We also named them using the mothers “first” letter, so my three names are Lily, Lulu, and Lottie. (L is a hard letter)

  2. LUMIERE (disney triple candlestick character), LIBBY (a twin in The Good Dinosaur movie), and LUCKY (from 101 Dalmatians, one of many in a litter!)

  3. Since the girls were born on Syttende Mai, Norwegian Independence Day, how about Lena, Loki and Liv?

  4. The three names we came up with are Linger, Lounger and Loafer. Congrats on a rare successful birth. That is great for the farm.

  5. I LOVE all the names submitted and absolutely love the pictures, especially the one where she is giving Brad a lick! Great calendar material!!

  6. In honor of memorial day i chose names that were patriotic. These names come from past presidents and their wives. Liberty which is just patriotic name. Louisa whom was the wife of president adams and lou whom was the wife of president hoover

  7. I went to names of apple varieties in honor of the sire: Lindamac, Lakeland, and Lobo.
    Or if you want this as a chance to expand name library for the offspring, try Lady Apple, Lady Hollendale, and Lady Williams (all apple varieties as well).
    We’ve had a few sets of triplets over 25 years, but just one set of fairly full term live heifers. They were born on Oct 12, 1998 or 1999, and we named them Nina, Pinta, and Maria.
    What a great start all calves and mama are off to!

  8. Larissa, Letisha, Letty – all mean joy
    Lacerta, Lepus, Libra, Lupus or Lyra – all constellations

  9. Congratulations on Legend and Glory……’s triplets! How about Laurels, Lauda ( short for Laudation), and Lustra (instead of Luster). Laurels, laudation, and luster are all synonyms of the word Glory, as the first part of their father’s (sire’s) name. Or if you have a Bible, check out if there’s any women who have a name that starts with a “L”? I truly believe that it’s worth a try; in Loving the Lord with Legacies. Have a Blessed future with the triplets and prayers for more.

  10. “LOVE” “LIVE” “LEARN” Congratulations Legend ❤ great job, your so blessed

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