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ND farmer reports nearly 20 percent of cows birthing twins

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SHARON, N.D. -- Chris Johnson is accustomed to seeing double at this time of year.

His family's beef cattle operation near Sharon is dealing with another spate of twin calves this spring. Of the first roughly 100 cows that gave birth this spring, 19 had twins, giving the Johnsons a 20 percent rate of twins.

Normally, about 3 percent of beef cows give birth to twins, but the Johnsons have had a far-above-normal rate of twin births for years.

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