Worthington women feed quadruplet calves

SEBEKA -- Chuck and Deb Beldo's extremely rare quadruplet calves have attracted attention from the entire world, ranging from Australia to Worthington.

Sandy Peterson (from left), Sandy Demuth, Brenda Anderson (front), Joy Rowher-Foster and Robyn Arens visited the quadruplet calves on June 12. (Special to The Globe)

SEBEKA - Chuck and Deb Beldo’s extremely rare quadruplet calves have attracted attention from the entire world, ranging from Australia to Worthington.

While at a scrapbooking retreat in Sebeka two weeks ago, a group of 10 women, included five Worthingtonians, realized they were close to the now-famous farm - and the retreat owner had their contact information.

“We just thought we’re here and they’re three miles from us, and this is kind of history in the making,” said Joy Rohwer-Foster, a Worthington resident. “So we went to help feed the quadruplets.”

The odds of quadruplets being born successfully are typically pegged at one in 11.2 million. In other words, a miracle.

Born on May 24, the calves came in at a slight 20 pounds, compared to the usual 50 to 70 pounds. The tiny calves were unable to feed properly, but the Beldos were able to get a gallon of colostrum, an after-birth maternal milk product, from a neighbor.


“Had the calves not gotten that, they probably wouldn’t have made it,” Rohwer-Foster said.

The Beldos, who never used to get many visitors, now own a miniature tourist attraction of sorts.  They visited with the Worthington women on Wednesday and were given, of course, a scrapbook with pictures of the quadruplets.

“They weren't expecting that,” Rohwer-Foster said. “But they were such a sweet couple; they couldn’t have been nicer. They answered all our questions, so we wanted to give them something back.”

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