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Published April 19, 2010, 12:00 AM

Chris Johnson twins


Chris Johnson bottle feeds a calf, one of 100 twin calves born so far this year on his farm. While it can be nice to get a bonus cow, he says he’d “trade twins for one healthy calf any time.” (Jonathan Knutson / Agweek)

  • Chris Johnson bottle feeds a calf, one of 100 twin calves born so far this year on his farm. While it can be nice to get a bonus cow, he says he’d “trade twins for one healthy calf any time.” (Jonathan Knutson / Agweek)
  • There have been 50 sets of twins born so far on Chris Johnson’s farm, with more likely to come before calving season is over. (Jonathan Knutson / Agweek)
  • Calving season always is a busy, tiring time, but this year, it has Chris Johnson seeing double. His cows have given birth to 50 sets of twins so far, and the season's not over yet. (Jonathan Knutson / Agweek)
  • Chris Johnson has seen double before during spring calving, but it's never been like this. Of the 300 cows that have given birth so far this spring on his family’s ranch, 50 — or roughly 16 percent — have had twins. “It’s 50 sets of twins. Fifty cows, 100 calves; all twins, no triplets. I know it’s probably a little hard to believe,” says Johnson, who ranches with his dad, Keith; uncle, Wayne; and brother, Jeremy. (Jonathan Knutson / Agweek)