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WEDNESDAY WOMAN: No buts about Richina’s love

Lisa King

WEDNESDAY WOMAN: No buts about Richina’s love

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RICHINA GASKIN-EVELYN might not suffer the same fate as the fairy tale character Tom Thumb in being swallowed by a cow. But the petite 21-year-old farm employee at Kendal Plantation, St John, is small enough to raise eyebrows as she makes the rounds daily, doing what she loves most – tending cows.

The aspiring veterinary surgeon is as much at ease dealing with cows four times her size as being behind the wheel of a “Bobcat” or tractor manoeuvring through the expansive acres of the rural plantation.

In her three years at Kendal, Gaskin-Evelyn has already recorded a crowning moment. It was the birth of triplets to a heifer that she had artificially inseminated. While noting that twins were common, she said triplets were born sometimes every ten years.

What was more exciting was that they usually had to help pull them out, but one morning they came to the plantation and saw the three calves; all bulls that went on to win first prize in the Under One Year Holstein Bull Category at Agrofest this year.

Please read the full story in today’s Midweek Nation, or in the eNATION edition.