Well after quite a delay, Sparky finally had her calf.
If you remember, we noticed Sparky with signs of very early calving (mucus from her backside, etc.) last week, so we tucked her in the corral until such time as she had her baby.
Within a day or so, Sparky managed to squeeze herself through a badly-secured gate and join the rest of the herd in the woods. The weather was warm (hot, actually) and this isn't Sparky's first calf, so we let her be.
Sunday morning I went out before sunrise to get some weeding done in the garden before the heat got oppressive.
I saw Sparky had thoughtfully come into the feedlot and had her calf near the barn awning. Wasn't that considerate of her?
The placenta was also out, a good sign.
The early-morning rays of the sun showed the umbilical cord, but no scrotum -- so we have ourselves a little heifer.
By the time I saw her, she was mostly dry and on her feet, so I'm guessing she was born about two hours before sunrise (around 3 am).
The feedlot couldn't be a better spot for Sparky and her new baby. There's shade from the awning and some trees. I put a cattle panel across the opening, so she's protected by fencing while her newborn is still shaky on her feet. We'll keep her there for a few days until we have a chance to dehorn the baby.
This little girl is red with a pink nose, and we're clueless what to name her. Suggestions are welcome!