MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — What a first year it has been for the triplet calves on the farm of Janet and Kenny Jensen in rural Marshalltown.
They were born last February in a hugely rare occurrence, as they are believed to be the first ever set of triplets in the American British White Park breed.
After a story appeared in the Times-Republican, the young stars also were featured on television news, the statewide agricultural publication, Farm News, and a few magazines.
A Fox News Channel producer from New York City caught wind of the triplets and contacted the T-R wanting to use a photo of them.
"I think it went all over," Janet said of the story.
The community response was also overwhelming as people visited the Jensen farm to catch a glimpse of Abby, Annie and Amy.
"A lot of kids came to see them," Kenny said.
The calves also took their show on the road, visiting the Mid-Iowa Antique Power Show and few other places, where they were well received. All the attention has made them quite comfortable with people.
"They are super tame," Kenny said. "They are just like dogs, but they've had a lot of attention."
Now, the calves are just a few weeks away from their first birthday and are healthy and doing fine.
Each of them weigh more than 600 pounds.
"They really did all right," Kenny said of their growth in the past year. "We've never had any trouble with them."
The Jensens usually sell off most of their calves, but the triplets have stuck around, as the family has grown close to them.
It's apparent all three of them, who were born to mother Dottie, get along well.
"You can kind of tell that they are bonded," Janet said. "They are always around each other."
The next step for the threesome will be breeding, which Kenny expects to have them be a part of next year. It looks like their future will be similar to how they came into this world — very extraordinary.
"They will probably always get spoiled," Janet said.
Information from: Times-Republican, http://www.timesrepublican.com