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Third cow injured in barn collapse dies

Eastleigh Farm welcomed the birth of a new calf Sunday.

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Eastleigh Farm welcomed the birth of a new calf Sunday,.

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, said farm owner Doug Stephan.

But 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.

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“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.”

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, said Stephan.

“This cow had injuries on her neck and head,” he 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 has previously told the Globe. He said Monday that the other three were recovering well.

Stephan said that he faces between $100,000 and $200,000 in repairs to the barn, and 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 that the farm has received hundreds of donations, including blankets and money from Boston Red Sox sportscaster Jerry Remy. He added that hundreds of people came to visit the farm over the weekend to see the cows.

“We have had some amazing donations, which will help to care for the animals,” Stephan said.

He added that he will use the money to help pay off the thousands of dollars in veterinary bills stemming from the accident. Visit the website for more information on the farm.

Jaclyn Reiss can be reached at
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