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The new triplets, left to right, are named Hope, Faith and Grace. Tom Lindfors photos

Triplet calves bring farmer 1-in-8 million surprise

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At 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 2, Glenwood City dairy farmer Rodney Cassellius and his 4-year-old Holstein, No. 17, made a little history: The cow gave birth to triplets.

"I reached in to get the first calf, and she came out fine -- got her breathing, brought her up to the front to be licked, and that's when I realized the legs were fine boned, thin, she had smaller bone structure," Cassellius said.

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