ARLINGTON, Minn. – When Scott Krueger realized Sunshine Dairy’s cow Ginger was calving, he expected to greet twins in the calving pen. Instead, Scott received a surprise, finding not two but three calves waiting for him.
    The triplets, all heifers born from sexed semen, were born June 11.
    Scott and his wife, Stephanie, milk Holsteins on their dairy farm near Arlington, Minn.
    Ginger belongs to the Krueger’s daughter, Montana, 15. She named the calves Snap, Crackle and Pop.
    Tanya Olson, veterinarian of the Lester Prairie Veterinary Clinic, had confirmed twins due to Ginger via ultrasound.
    When Olson visited the Krueger farm the day after the birth, she told Scott she usually does not look further after she sees twins.
    “She might now,” Scott said.
    Olson checked the calves and found them all doing well. One is larger and the other two are smaller and look similar.     
    The larger calf, Snap, proved to be a calf pen escape artist by the second day. Scott estimates Snap weighed about 65 pounds with the other two weighing about 50 pounds each.
    Although the calves were born nine days early, Ginger had plenty of milk for the three which was fed to the calves over several days. Scott said Ginger produced about 32,000 pounds of milk in her last lactation.
    Scott said Ginger was bred on a natural heat with no shots and settled on the first service to View-Home Monterey-ET. This was the fourth calving for 6-year-old Ginger, a daughter of Emmark Mammoth.
    It is not the first time Ginger has been in the spotlight. She was born during Breakfast on the Farm at Sunshine Dairy June 14, 2013.
    Ginger, however, is not the most cooperative cow.
    “One of our girls tried taking her to the fair as a heifer, and she dug her feet in the dirt and refused to move,” Stephanie said. “They worked tirelessly with her for a couple of weeks and never did get her to move. … When she was almost 2, she had her first calf and has been a rockstar milker ever since.”