Hot weather has finally arrived in north Idaho, and we're all sweating and suffering until we get used to this (ahem) hideous 85 degrees. I took the girls to the lake today to cool off.
When we got home, we decided to put the cows in the woods behind the house for the next few days because a heat wave is upon us (temps expected to be in the 90's) and I don't like animals to be in a pasture without shade during such weather. I opened the gate and let the animals out of the pasture.
But Jet, one of our herd matrons, stayed behind. A quick glance at her hunched-over posture revealed she was in labor.
Her udder was turgid this morning, a sign a cow is near her time. I figured today was the day. Guess I was right. We all trooped down into the hot pasture to watch the birth.
The tips of the front hooves just starting to show. Birth is about ten minutes after this point.
Chateau, Jet's yearling steer calf, is wondering what's going on with his mama.
Another good contraction.
Unfortunately Jet decided lie down during the last major push, so the birth photos aren't as clear as I'd like:
First sniff at the new baby.
Amniotic sac, still full. Like how the sun is shining dramatically through it?
Amniotic sac after it emptied.
Did you know we've been accused of depriving our children by living in the country? But look what city kids are missing!
We left before the calf stood up (we were sweltering!), so we don't know the gender as of this posting. I'll find out tomorrow.