Double the fun?
Even though you'd think that twins would be a good thing, it isn't always in the calving world. Sometimes, the cow doesn't have enough milk for two babies. She may not claim both offspring. Also, if one calf is a boy and one is a girl, the female is more likely to be infertile, a condition called "freemartinism."
Cow R47 gave birth to two bouncing boys. (Forgive the poor photo at the top of this post. Randy got in a hurry to give eartags to the calves. What was he thinking? Work got in the way of my photo op - ha!)
The calf who was up and around with its mom ended up with tag No. 741.
The conclusion? No. 556 is not going to win the Mother of the Year Award. But several other heifers seem to have "adopted" the calf and don't mind sharing the wealth - in this case, the mother's milk - with an interloper.
You've heard the saying, "It takes a village to raise a child." In this case, it's taking a corral of heifers to raise No. 740.