True Cinderella Story
by Sandi Thomas
upon a time, .... a Dexter heifer was born March
24th, 1997. She seemed no different than the other
black calves running around the pasture. A healthy
calf with nothing to indicate how special she
was to become. She became Thomas' Wilo's Cinderela
ADCA # 10318.
moved through her years producing calves on schedule.
Of course, the females had to carry on her theme
in life...Bibidi, Bobidi, ....
2005, she came up with her suprise to her owners...twin
heifers, Astasia & Drizle. This was the first
set of heifer twins in the herd... AND one red
and one was Black! This was July 4th of 2005.
real "Story", however, starts on June
28th, of 2006. Just a week shy of one year after
the twin heifers, she gave us two black heifers,
Sister and Sliper, and a red bull, Prince. The
Parentage DNA is back and she's proved beyond
a shadow of a doubt, she produced triplets!
heifers seem to be identical twins; they came
first. She was cleaning the first girl at feeding
time that day. She began the birthing of the second
black heifer before the chores were finished.
The guys went back out to be sure the calves were
both up and nursing and observed the birth of
the third calf! She had just raised her twins
with no problem so we decided to see how she'd
do with the three. We penned her up in October
because we were afraid she wouldn't be able to
keep up with them....she did!
Vets ultrasound has proved the heifers are Freemartins.
(Freemartin = sterile, the results of being carried
with the brother and chromosomes sharing the same
space during pregnancy.)
is our first Dexter to repeat multiple births
for us. We've had five other Dexter cows present
us with twins, but only once each so far. One
set of twins (owned by our son Stuart) was a male/female
combo but his female has had a calf every year
for him! She missed the high 90% predicted for
her to be a Freemartin.
are sooo proud to finally have the test results
back so we can share this very special Dexter
success story. We've known all along they came
from Cinderela but it's so hard to believe! I've
read the odds are 1 in 105,000 for beef cattle
to have triplets.
Tales Do Come True!
Cinderela with Sliper, Sister & Prince
Cinderela with heifers Drizela & Astasia
Yes! She nursed them all and raised them
without any assistance.