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Published March 26, 2013, 08:54 AM

North Dakota rancher seeing a lot of twin calves this spring

SHARON, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota rancher Chris Johnson is seeing double a lot this spring.

SHARON, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota rancher Chris Johnson is seeing double a lot this spring.

Out of the first roughly 100 cows that gave birth on his ranch near Sharon, 19 had twins, for a rate of about 20 percent. Typically, the rate for twin calves is about 3 percent.

Johnson tells Agweek that twin calves are more curse than blessing because they usually require more care and attention than single calves. He says the extra time, effort and expense associated with a twin usually more than offsets the value of the second calf.

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