Too Many Twins

Too Many Twins

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN

The genetics for twinning, mildly heritable, are most likely in the cow side of the herd. Regarding your herd bulls, they have no effect on twinning. Most twins occur when the cow ovulates two eggs, which are then fertilized, producing fraternal twins. When one egg is fertilized and splits, we see identical twins. Multiple ovulation is a slightly heritable trait, so the genetics for twinning is most likely in your cow herd.

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