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Adkins rancher sees double ... twice — twins born in spring

Adkins rancher sees double ... twice — twins born in spring
This Santa Gertrudis cow watches over her cinnamon-colored twins. The one scrawny calf initially had to be bottle-fed, according to owner Paul Hays, because no cows would claim her.

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The drought has been tough on the cattle industry, especially for the past two years. But in the midst of this devastation, the GWH Ranch has produced an unusual occurrence in hard times --the birth of two sets of twins.

Within a month of each other this spring, the two sets of twins were born on the ranch in Adkins. One mother is a Santa Gertrudis and the other, a Simbrah-Beefmaster cross bred. The sire is a bull named George.

Due to the circumstances in which the calves were discovered, the ranch had the calves and mothers tested by the independent laboratory at University of California-Davis, through the County Line Animal Hospital.

The laboratory report came back May 14, with an unusual conclusion. While George did sire the twins, one of the calves did not match any of the cows.

Because the calves in the one pair are nearly identical in size and color, it is highly likely that an error was made at the laboratory or during the collection process, or there is a mystery mother that was not tested. Because of the cost of DNA testing, the truth of the matter may never be known for that single scrawny calf. But the owners are betting it’s a twin.

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