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Third cow dies after last week's Eastleigh Farm barn roof collapse but a calf is born Sunday

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  February 24, 2014 03:58 PM

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A third cow from Framingham's Eastleigh Farm has died of injuries suffered from a barn roof that collapsed under the weight of heavy snow last week, according to farm owner Doug Stephan.

But in a clear example of the circle of life, Stephan said that a calf was born Sunday -- a month before its expected due date -- and has the same markings as Gigi, the cow who died Saturday.

"The calf looks in such an uncanny way like the cow that died," he said. "Everyone is sort of flabbergasted. The markings are very specific."

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Photo from Eastleigh Farm/Doug Stephan
Eastleigh Farm's newest addition.
Two dairy cows were found dead early Wednesday morning after the roof collapsed..Gigi -- named after the wife of a former Eastleigh farmer -- was put down Saturday because her injuries were too severe, Stephan said.

"This cow had injuries on her neck and head," Stephan said, noting that the other two died after building beams fell on their necks. "We tried to bring her around, but in the end we decided to put her to sleep."

Of the eight cows that were rescued, four were able to walk out of the barn on their own and were milked Thursday, Stephan previously told the Globe. He said Monday that the other three were recovering well.

Stephan said he faces between $100,000 and $200,000 in repairs to the barn, especially as he did not have insurance on the building.

"We’re talking about serious damage," he said, noting that he will wait until the weather thaws to rebuild the barn.

Stephan said the farm has seen hundreds of donations -- including blankets and money from Boston Red Sox sportscaster Jerry Remy -- and that hundreds more traveled to the farm over the weekend to visit the cows.

"We have had some amazing donations, which will help to care for the animals," Stephan said, adding that he will use the money to help pay off the thousands of dollars in veterinary bills from the accident.

For more information on the farm, visit eastleighfarm.com.
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